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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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  • Jetty J Newnham (9/15/2012 9:50:00 AM)

    I remember this poem from my childhood, I'm sure my Mother read it to me along with stories by Jack London all very dramatic. (Report) Reply

  • S Grant (8/28/2012 9:52:00 PM)

    I was about 14 when I first read this poem in English Literature class.It was one of the poems in a collection called Narrative Verse I read it to my grand daughter who thought is was sad.It stayed with me through out the years and reminded me of when I looked out the window for my first and forbidden love who is my husband of 27 yrs. (Report) Reply

  • S Grant (8/28/2012 9:51:00 PM)

    I was about 14 when I first read this poem in English Literature class.It was one of the poems in a collection called Narrative Verse I read it to my grand daughter who thought is was sad.It stayed with me through out the years and reminded me of when I looked out the window for my first and forbidden love who is my husband of 27 yrs. (Report) Reply

  • S Grant (8/28/2012 9:50:00 PM)

    I was about 14 when I first read this poem in English Literature class.It was one of the poems in a collection called Narrative Verse I read it to my grand daughter who thought is was sad.It stayed with me through out the years and reminded me of when I looked out the window for my first and forbidden love who is my husband of 27 yrs. (Report) Reply

  • Pg8099 P (7/9/2012 3:40:00 AM)

    I recited this lovely romantic poem at my school recitation event when I was in 7th grade. The judge of the event and others listening to this selected the poem as the event's best one. What a beautiful naration.... was touched at that age and even now after 25 years too. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Dillon (7/2/2012 2:31:00 AM)

    a rousing tale of love, sacrifice and jealousy in a time long gone but the story is timeless and so well written. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Alice Heath (6/16/2012 10:01:00 PM)

    I have loved this poem since I was a child. My mother read it to me often as a young girl and as I read it today, the familiar feelings come to me of lost love. The poem is so descriptive one feels as they are witnessing the tale is it unfolds. (Report) Reply

  • Norm Gillett (5/13/2012 6:26:00 PM)

    Both the rhythm and imagery of this classic poem by Noyes are superb. That it has endured is testament to its wide appeal. (Report) Reply

  • Amber Glistener (4/11/2012 10:14:00 PM)

    this is my absolute favorite poem ever! It is dark and graceful. Brilliant! Alfred Noyes portrays the story very wonderfully! (Report) Reply

  • T. R. Crissian (11/29/2011 1:54:00 PM)

    Oh, how this poem is powerful! So strong with the feelings it creates.....every time I read it I shiver. Whether it's a shiver of excitement or fright I still love it! ! ! Oh, such a poem.... *sigh* (Report) Reply

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