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

  • Tate Janik (11/16/2012 8:54:00 AM)

    very deep. it shows how awesome the power of love is (Report) Reply

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  • 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

  • Ryan Oliveira (10/10/2012 4:29:00 PM)

    Long ahhhhhh to to to to dang long for a sick boy to read for hw (Report) Reply

  • Jetty J Newnham 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 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

  • Azmat Naushad Asif (6/8/2012 3:05:00 PM)

    perfect poem...touching theme...silky flow...kept me bounded (Report) Reply

  • Alfred Noyes (5/17/2012 10:10:00 AM)

    hello everybody thank you! ! ! ! ! for the wonderful comments (Report) Reply

  • Alfred Noyes (5/17/2012 10:10:00 AM)

    hello everybody thank you! ! ! ! ! for the wonderful comments (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

  • Sekharan Pookkat Sekharan Pookkat (5/9/2012 8:52:00 AM)

    this ballad is great (Report) Reply

  • Xylaz Zamprius (5/5/2012 10:40:00 PM)

    WoW This poem is uttely phenomenal and heart-wrenching. Nuthing more I can say] (Report) Reply

  • Far Lapenna Far Lapenna (4/23/2012 12:42:00 PM)

    Fantastic! ! A classic I tell you! (Report) Reply

  • Amber Glistener 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

  • Tahlie Macnair-kay (3/31/2012 9:47:00 AM)

    Fifty five years after I first read it, this poem still casts its enthralling, haunting spell on me. (Report) Reply

  • Mahesha Thrimanne (2/27/2012 10:32:00 AM)

    I read this poem when I was 10 and today @ 46 I still love it. (Report) Reply










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