Alfred Noyes

(16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958 / Wolverhamton)

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The Highwayman


The wind was a torrent of darkness upon the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight looping the purple moor,
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  • Piyush Dey (6/30/2014 5:17:00 AM)

    a sad love story written with poetic genius, it is really a fantastic piece.
    it is nothing more than a beautifully crafted and written chronicle of a love that will touch your heart.
    nice read. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 8:57:00 PM)

    .......omg this is truly amazing and in my honest opinion should be the number one poem on this list of top 500 poems....wow this truly blows me away.....loved reading every word in every line... (Report) Reply

  • Cleveland Gibson (1/20/2014 4:51:00 AM)

    The poem has always been one of my favourites. To salute Alfred Noys I wrote the poem 'After' to capture the mood too. (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Schwartzinoff (12/21/2013 9:50:00 PM)

    Loreena McKennit turned this into a song and it is INCREDIBLE! I LOVE it! Both the poem and song! It's gorgeous! (Report) Reply

  • Barry Williams (8/30/2013 5:24:00 PM)

    When I think back to how this poem tortured me in school, and now it gives me goose bumps when I read it. (Report) Reply

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  • Joe Hazle (5/9/2013 2:44:00 PM)

    One of the most best poems ever created, absolutely beautiful, very sad but lovely change from love to sacrifice to ghost. (Report) Reply

  • Rose Wilder (3/26/2013 7:21:00 AM)

    I love this poem! Beautiful, wonderful, amazing...they hardly go far enough. The power of love is amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Betty Puzynski (1/14/2013 11:11:00 PM)

    My brother Arthur Anuada recited this poem at his high school graduation ceremony. He recited it so beautifully that his friends nickname him The Highwayman He passed away very young and on his tombstone the title The Highwayman was engraved. (Report) Reply

  • Vandna Kapoor (11/26/2012 3:27:00 AM)

    Beautiful! amazing! wonderful aren't enough to express how great is this poem its love and pain...its pain and love...its life and death and a love story that never ends... For the last 30 years this poem has lived very lose to my heart! ! ! Hats off Alfred Noyes for this classic poem a great legendary piece of work! God Bless the highway man and Bess the landlord's daughter who died and lived for her love and he who came back again and again to die for his beloved..... a death that was preferred over many lives........... (Report) Reply

  • Gouwa Sheldon (11/11/2012 11:36:00 AM)

    i have loved this poem ever since i was introduced to it bny my grade 7 teacher..MRS HERCULES in 1978! ! ! she coached me as i had to recite this poem for the inspector...it has been etched in my mind since then and whenever i recited it...everyone was simply..SWEPT AWAY! ! ! ..TODAY..I received the SURPRISE CALL of my LIFE! ! ! My teacher, Mrs Hercules, aged 70, called me! ! ! i nearly dropped my phone and jumped off the couch! ! ! thank you mrs Hercules..i am so honoured and Blessed! ! ! xxxxxxxxxxx much love...Gouwa Sheldon (South Africa) (Report) Reply

  • Jetty J Newnham (9/15/2012 9:50:00 AM)

    I remember this poem from my childhood, I'm sure my Mother read it to me along with stories by Jack London all very dramatic. (Report) Reply

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