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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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