Do not expect Chesterton’s ballade to be any kind of love poem … He means to put to you, matter-of-factly, something terrible. Levity is required, because certain moral forces lead men to look upon terrible things as though they were some mistake, some misunderstanding, something preposterous.

Titus Techera, G.K. Chesterton’s “A Ballade of Suicide”

I’d skip the scholarly analysis and just read the poem.

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