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"Get Up and Bar the Door"

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Rylie Hartman

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of "Get Up and Bar the Door"

"Get Up and Bar the Door"
"Get Up and Bar the Door"
Summary
The ballad opens with a woman busy with chores and cooking while her husband is lounging. When a gust of wind opens the door to their home, the husband insists his wife "get up and bar the door". She refuses on account of her workload. They agree that the first to speak must do it and they sit in silence for hours. At midnight, two thieves arrive and eat all of the food prepared by the wife and then propose to molest her. The husband finally speaks up in protest, making him the loser of the bet. The wife, with no hesitation, tells him to "get up and bar the door!".
Characteristics
Repetition:

The husband and wife both repeatedly ask the other to "get up and bar the door", emphasizing how stubborn they both are but also their fear of the open door.


The ballad follows a traditional four-line stanza theme.


Characteristics
Each stanza ends with a rhyme or repeated phrase.

The ballad is true to Medieval Literature through the language used:

"Ye've eaten my bread, drunken my ale, & ye'll make my auld wife a whore!"
By
Hanna Franklin
Paige Voigt
DaNae Thompson
Rylie Hartman
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