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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  • Rookie Andrew Shields (3/8/2006 9:39:00 PM)

    The line in the 4th stanza goes 'The landlord's red-lipped daughter', NOT 'The landlord's black-eyed daughter' like in the rest of the poem. it is incorrect on this site! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elphaba T. (2/13/2006 8:04:00 PM)

    Oh wow. I love this poem! My 7th grade Language Arts class read it a few months ago, and we had to act out a stanza of it. Silly me, I thought it was like a short story, not a poem. oops. So romantic, yet so, so sad... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samantha Rogers (10/1/2005 7:11:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem! It has been my favourite since school, and even moreso since hearing the wonderful rendition by Prunella Scales around 4 or 5 years ago on Poetry Please. Does anyone have a recording of this? Or does anyone know a CD or cassette I can get somewhere. I have already tried the BBC with no luck! I will pay all costs! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mark Wallenbrock (9/20/2005 4:41:00 PM)

    I must be romantic or the tie between man and woman of a love so deep would go on forever....one line 'the moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas'it sends shivers down my back this and Poes 'Annabelle Lee' its love past unrequited a love that strong (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elsa Brooks (9/7/2005 4:39:00 PM)

    this seems a popular poem to study at school. i remember reading this in an english lesson once and loving it but i had forgotten completely who wrote it so finding it after so long was really fantastic. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Noelle Alexander (5/12/2005 4:41:00 PM)

    I absolutely love this poem, it is one of my favorites! I love the way it sounds and how it paints such a clear, emotional picture. I heard it once before in school, and I am so glad that I've found it again-I was so excited, it was like receiving a surprise! :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Krista Charles (4/17/2005 3:03:00 PM)

    This year, we had to memorize 'The Highwayman' for school. It is my abosolute FAVORITE poem. It has such meaning, emotion, and the power of love is instilled in your mind. I love it! ! ~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Roberta Rizzo (4/6/2005 3:02:00 PM)

    For those students who like me, never seem to find information about poems! this poem is gr8! in an essay, when can discuss d use of sound and figures of speech that make it so amazing to read. d theme is 'star crossed lovers' and d end shows how their love can last 4ever withstanding all jealousy and even death. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Annette Ivory (12/20/2004 5:10:00 PM)

    I remember hearing this poem at an eighth grade speech meet. I was in so much awe by this poem that I just had to find it. Now it is seven years later and I still cannot get enough of this poem. This is absolutley one of the greats (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Havilah Howard (11/29/2004 11:28:00 AM)

    I was about to say what a geek I was for having memorized this poem, but I guess that would be accusing everyone else who has commented as well. If you like this poem, which you should-it's amazing, then get a hold of Loreena McKennit's rendition of this poem. She puts it to music, cutting out only the jealous stable hand, in a ten minute compelling song. I am rarely left without tears by the end. This poem is passionate and powerful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Judy Angerer (10/1/2004 8:31:00 PM)

    I memorized this poem in 7th grade because I liked it so much. 50 years later, I still can recite this poem. I don't know why I like it so much. I decided to look it up to see if I was still reciting it right and there are some words that I had gotten wrong over the years but I still know it pretty well. (Report) Reply

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