My favorite ballad was Gallows Pole. This ballad made me really think. At first I really didn't understand it, but after I read it a few times it made a lot of sense to me. I found it to be extremely sad, but unlike most songs or poems, it actually men't something. It is about a man who tries to save himself from being hung by giving the hangman money, aswell as letting him rape his sister. The hangman still kills the man and takes the money. This shows how cruel people can be. From the sounds of it, this poem was based from a while ago and this also shows that people are still cruel like this today. Overall, I really don't mind ballads. Its something that really makes me think and challenges me.