Alfred Noyes

(16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958 / Wolverhamton)

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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  • Rookie - 86 Points Reshma Joy (12/3/2014 9:15:00 AM)

    An endearing work! It touched my heart the first time I read it...and still does every time I reread it! ! Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 369 Points Stephen W (10/28/2014 9:52:00 PM)

    Beautifully written. Yet it condones the violence of the highwayman, a cold-blooded killer whose love is gold. Thus it is very naive. Love without conscience? A strange juxtaposition. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,642 Points John Richter (10/28/2014 1:21:00 PM)

    Oh my! How have I lost so many years not knowing of this poet? What a superbly intensive work of art! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 41 Points Tania Montgomery (9/19/2014 6:03:00 PM)

    This poem would have to be the most visually enriching poem of all time. Every line brings visions to its story, its descriptive narrative is fantastic. Though a tragic ending this love poem remains one of the most romantic of all times and every time I read it brings me right back to that first time that brought chills down my spine.
    I love this poem! It should be number one! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,132 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 10,094 Points * 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

  • Rookie - 16 Points 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

  • Rookie - 10 Points 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

  • Rookie 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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  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

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