Ballads: romantic, fantastical, and humorous

Ballads: romantic, fantastical, and humorous - William Harrison Ainsworth Of the three types, Ainsworth is best at the Romantic, least good at the Humorous. He also includes a couple of translations of Latin poems by the Admirable Crichton, a figure who seems to have fascinated him - I believe there's a novel as well. In fact, many of Ainsworth's novels have their counterparts here in poems about sorcery, about highway robbers, about the Dunmow flitch. Although he's a reasonably competent poet - no problems with scansion and rhyme, and the diction's usually pretty apt - there's nothing terribly exciting about these ballads. [These notes made in 1984:]