I speak of love that comes to mind: The moon is faithful, although blind; She moves in thought she cannot speak. Perfect care has made her bleak. I never dreamed the sea so deep, The earth so dark; so long my sleep, I have become another child. I wake to see the world go wild. - "An Eastern Ballad" by Allen Ginsberg - Google Search
Use this activity to teach writing a ballad poem or to review ballads. This is also a great activity to use with teaching biographies and have students write a ballad about the person they researched and read about. This includes a lesson plan, example of a biography ballad, and a final draft paper for their finished poems.