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The meanings I found of "pointiert" do not seem to apply to the following sentence:

"Eine Ballade ist ein Lied, das eine Geschichte erzählt, die dramatisch pointiert ist"

Does it mean "that is focused on drama"? "that is of dramatic nature / kind"?

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I think pointiert means "zugespitzt" here. They want to say, that a ballad is a text with a dramatic culmination, i.e. the plot is dramatically organized, roughly meaning it has some antagonistic forces working against each other, and it reaches a climax at some point.

Just as a sidenote: Also be aware, that Lied in this context does not translate to "song", but rather to "poem".

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  • Gibt es Situationen, in denen pointiert nicht zugespitzt bedeutet? – user unknown Jan 29 at 18:58

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