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


Comments about The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

  • 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

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  • 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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