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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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  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Vandna Kapoor (11/26/2012 3:27:00 AM)

    Beautiful! amazing! wonderful aren't enough to express how great is this poem its love and pain...its pain and love...its life and death and a love story that never ends... For the last 30 years this poem has lived very lose to my heart! ! ! Hats off Alfred Noyes for this classic poem a great legendary piece of work! God Bless the highway man and Bess the landlord's daughter who died and lived for her love and he who came back again and again to die for his beloved..... a death that was preferred over many lives........... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gouwa Sheldon (11/11/2012 11:36:00 AM)

    i have loved this poem ever since i was introduced to it bny my grade 7 teacher..MRS HERCULES in 1978! ! ! she coached me as i had to recite this poem for the inspector...it has been etched in my mind since then and whenever i recited it...everyone was simply..SWEPT AWAY! ! ! ..TODAY..I received the SURPRISE CALL of my LIFE! ! ! My teacher, Mrs Hercules, aged 70, called me! ! ! i nearly dropped my phone and jumped off the couch! ! ! thank you mrs Hercules..i am so honoured and Blessed! ! ! xxxxxxxxxxx much love...Gouwa Sheldon (South Africa) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 36 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 33 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

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