Alfred Noyes

(16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958 / Wolverhamton)

The Highwayman Poem by Alfred Noyes


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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Form: Ballad

# 25 poem on top 500 Poems



Comments about this poem (The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes )

  • Rookie - 0 Points Hallie Gee (2/24/2015 11:36:00 AM)

    This poem should not be enjoyable, it has quite a lot of death, and yet it is. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 228 Points Suchithra Harindran (2/22/2015 10:38:00 AM)

    Very beautiful poem. Though it is too long we are not boring while reading the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,818 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (2/17/2015 11:11:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem but it is too long and pertains to the violence somewhere in those days. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Bronze Star - 2,463 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

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/28/2014 2:05:00 AM)

    lovely indeed but lengthy thank you (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

  • Rookie - 21 Points Sam H (8/14/2014 6:14:00 AM)

    so sad, made me cry at an early age, too emotive (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,241 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 - 13,881 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,625 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:52:00 AM)

    A true masterpiece kind of poem. One of the greatest poem (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 - 8 Points Dechen Doma Sherpa (7/13/2013 8:29:00 AM)

    loved this poem since i first read it in school (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pakkiyarajah Gopal (7/8/2013 7:14:00 PM)

    Nice poem, beautiful lines evergreen love (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Josh Johnson (5/15/2013 11:09:00 AM)

    #ILoveThisPoem #NothingIsBetterThanThis (Report) Reply

  • 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



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