Lecture 2 notes: the oral tradition: content. Incy wincy spider (itsy bitsy spider) nursery rhyme http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=iymlctd-vsk&feature=related. Johnny mathis when a child is born http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=ll3qdz50mqw&feature=related. -oral poetry: epics, ballads, historical lays, love lyrics, elegies, psalms, laments. ---the most popular genres in oral poetry are epics, ballads, heroic lays, love lyrics. Some of the most popular epics are the mesopotamian the epic of gilgamesh, the anonymous french epic the chanson de roland, and homer"s the iliad and the. Well-known ballads are the medieval chinese ballads, and anglo-american ballads such as lord randal, bonny barbara allan, and sir patrick spens. The epic world and universal qualities (common for any culture): -about the struggles of nations and their abilities to overcome obstacles and rise above suffering, in a pursuit of happiness. - the memory of a culture as it goes through its most painful experiences. -about national pride and valour; about patriotism, loyalty and friendship.