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

  • (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

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  • (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

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/28/2014 2:05:00 AM)


    lovely indeed but lengthy thank you (Report) Reply

  • 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!
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  • (8/14/2014 6:14:00 AM)


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

  • (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.
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  • (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

  • Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:52:00 AM)


    A true masterpiece kind of poem. One of the greatest poem (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Dechen Doma Sherpa (7/13/2013 8:29:00 AM)


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

  • (7/8/2013 7:14:00 PM)


    Nice poem, beautiful lines evergreen love (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2013 11:09:00 AM)


    #ILoveThisPoem #NothingIsBetterThanThis (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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

  • (3/25/2013 11:22:00 PM)


    Greatest poem ever! This poem has always been my favorite! (Report) Reply

  • (3/19/2013 6:33:00 AM)


    Woderfull poem! the flow, the mood, rhythm everything! (Report) Reply

  • Betty Puzynski (1/14/2013 11:11:00 PM)


    My brother Arthur Anuada recited this poem at his high school graduation ceremony. He recited it so beautifully that his friends nickname him The Highwayman He passed away very young and on his tombstone the title The Highwayman was engraved. (Report) Reply



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