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

  • Erika Eguia (2/4/2010 5:11:00 AM)

    , ., tHe pOem wAs aMaziNg, ., iT is aLl aBoUt tHe fOrbidDen lOve sTorY oF tHe hIghwAy mAn (rObBer) aNd tHe lAndloRds dAuGhter Bess, ., aFter we tAcklEd tHe pOem I rEaliZed tHat LOVE wOuld cOnqUer aLl, ., eVen tHouGh deAth cOmes aLong iN beTwEen tHe tWo pErsOns wHo aRe bOth iN loVe tHey sTilL fiGht fOr it aNd diE fOr it, ., (Report) Reply

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  • Menchie Celicious (2/4/2010 3:52:00 AM)

    the poem is is an ode of a forbidden love between a robber and a daughter of a landlord which in the end both of them died but death couldn't tear them apart for the reason that their affection to each other is true and is an ode that gives us idea what true love really means.......even though both of them died, for me it is still a happy ending (Report) Reply

  • Vezah Marie Rojas (2/4/2010 3:40:00 AM)


    after we tackled up the poem...i realize that you can do everything in the name of love...that's why Bess committed suicide because of the 'FORBIDDEN LOVE'...Forbidden Love? Yes, because Bess' father didn't want the highwayman to be the lover of his daughter. Being a natural individual you can do anything just to fight for your 'LOVE'
    -MARY FAITH AGUSTIN- (Report) Reply

  • Vezah Marie Rojas (2/4/2010 3:23:00 AM)

    This poem is really amazing...I find it hard to understand at first but when my teacher explained it, I felt an unhappy emotion...and as I understand about this is about 2 couples who loved each other, Bess and the highwayman. When Tim the ostler knew about the relationship, he told King George about their relationship and since in that time highwayman is against the authority, all highwayman must be captured. But when Tim told the king, i believed that he only did this because of his jealousy towards the highwayman because Tim loved Bess but Bess loved the highwayman...when King George sent his men to capture the highwayman, I knew that in their dirty minds that the main reason they went to the landlord's place was to rape Bess because every man would be honored to have Bess in their life...I was so amazed on how brave the couples were because they are willing to die in the name of love...They never thought twice about their love...I was touched on the part where Bess killed herself to warn the highwayman about the king's men but because the highwayman loved Bess so much, he is willing to fight until the end for Bess and in the end they both died. And their love is still felt in the place where they both died and proving that love is eternal. (Report) Reply

  • Kimberly Ticzon (2/4/2010 12:11:00 AM)

    the poem was very good. as i've understood the poem its about two lovers who fight for their love. bess and the highwayman die at the end because bess warns the highwayman that its a plot that they are going to kill him.

    hiiii peepholessss; D (Report) Reply

  • Marquem Mondido (2/4/2010 12:09:00 AM)

    After reading this story i way amazed by the bravery of the highwayman because he told the girl that even hell blocks his way he will go back to see the girl and even if the troops of king george is in the landlords house that could kill him but he would still go to see bess that is a real man because the major characteristics of man is brave and I've learned a lesson in the story that 'death cannot not break our love, people die but love don't die'. (Report) Reply

  • Alfie Baes (2/4/2010 12:08:00 AM)

    the poem of the highwayman is a very nice poem and brilliant poem. I realize that LOVE can do anything. both of them are willing to die just for LOVE. Because they believe that they can do everything just love. they will do anything even it would cause them death. that's the real love. :) (Report) Reply

  • Gekabel Velarde (2/4/2010 12:07:00 AM)

    Wow! totally amazing... after reading and discussing this poem in our class, i really think way back on the 16th century about how they appreciate and fight for their LOVE. If you will ask me if which i will prefer to choose., honestly, even if I am a part of the human beings of this generation today, I will choose to appreciate those people long ago about how they fought for their love like this story The Highwayman. When we talk about life, it is not easy to say that its just nothing. In the saying 'We only live once, but if we love right, one lifetime is enough', of course we only live once so, we better think to use it really right. In the poem, if I were Bess, I will do the same too. look, even though Bess knew already that her love is a robber, he still loved that man no matter who he is and I know that that's the power of love. I know where I can find the true happiness, it is found in our hearts, so since their love will never be back again into its normal way, she better kill her self and to warn the highwayman that there is something happening not good to her. I can really say that even though their love is in the situation that is a forbidden one, the man continued on his way to the place where did it happened and even though it is a fight top death he still tried to save Bess for good, but since he was late, its better for him to die than to live with his miserable experience in his love life. It is very obvious that he treated Bess well as her loved one or simply Bess is the continuation of his life. So, in this poem no hell can never barred the way even death do them part. And the love that was present in this poem was totally true and loyal. (Report) Reply

  • Mc John Smith (2/3/2010 11:46:00 PM)

    this poem is brilliant the way Alfred Noyes made its background '(the wind was a torrent of darkness amongst the gust trees) 'its great..the sense of a horse man riding at ease through the rural darkness to the lovers tryst until it goes to the marching soldiers ready to ambush him was great, so thrilling..I think that Bess is a girl worth fighting for...but it ends up tragic death both of them.... (Report) Reply

  • Precious Vinessa Desoy (2/3/2010 11:44:00 PM)

    .. after i read and understand the poem, i was very struck because of the message it brings..
    loving someone is like leaving your life to the one you really love.. you dont have nothing to do but to trust the him/her..
    if this particular event happened in my life, i think i'll do the same.. to kill my self.. why do i still continue to live when the person that i haveto live with is gone..
    charr.. lolz xD (Report) Reply

  • Mark Eguia (2/3/2010 11:39:00 PM)

    this story is very is inspiring and touches our hearts...its fighting for true love... no matter what it takes...

    very romantic and daring... ^_^

    nice...i think i cant rate this low...

    ~aTtiTude*~ (Report) Reply

  • Grim Reaper (2/3/2010 11:39:00 PM)

    As I read the poem I was greatly amazed by the great story line of a forbidden love of a person. Many have read this poem because it was a very famous poem created by Alfred Noyes.^_^ (Report) Reply

  • Krisha Joy Cofino (2/3/2010 10:36:00 PM)

    haiiiieee..... :)

    iTs so bEautiful and hEart breAking pOem...huhuhu..
    if i were bess, i will do the same if i hAve the same iNtensity of lOve fOr him...
    bEcause, it is alL the same i will jUst gOing to die anYway, i am in pain, and cant reSist anymOre so, nO dOubt, esPecially kNowing that my trUe love is in danger, sO i hAve to tRy to sAve him, ...and kNowing that i cant lIve wiThout him becAuse of the fact that i Love him and kNowing hoW he dies....

    gOod dAy...
    :) (Report) Reply

  • Tamira Patterson (1/28/2010 12:45:00 PM)

    Loreena Mckennit gives this poem the love and true devotion it needs to be absolutely beautiful. Alfred Noyes is an extreme genius and this poem warms my heart to the core. (Report) Reply

  • Caro Louise Aristei (1/25/2010 4:39:00 PM)

    If you like this poem, the HIghwayman, listen to it sung by the wonderful, mysterious and romantic Irish singer Loreena McKennitt. It's where I heard the poem, and she makes it so vivid and lush! (Report) Reply

  • Rinki Nandy (12/4/2009 8:03:00 PM)

    priceless..timeless and the most beautiful. great talent. (Report) Reply

  • Roisin McNally (11/25/2009 4:37:00 PM)

    This Poem is excellent, very daring and romantic. I'd give it a million out of ten. (Report) Reply

  • Moonbee Canady Moonbee Canady (11/24/2009 11:50:00 AM)

    This Was The One, That Started It All For Me... When I First Read The Highwayman back in Jr. High (Long Time Ago - smile) The Drama of it, and the Flow of It and The Story so Passionate, Just Took My Breath Away... But I'm So Glad To Read It Today, Because I thought That It Was Tennyson, That Wrote It... See, How Memory, can Play Tricks On You... but I Know, That Tennyson Wrote 'Charge Of The Light Brigade' Which Was The Other Poem, that bound Me To Poetry... Great Service, You're Providing Here at Poem/Hunter... MoonBee (Report) Reply

  • Sallie Howson (11/8/2009 2:21:00 PM)

    takes me back to junior school... :) (Report) Reply

  • Lewis Neil Is Awsome (11/4/2009 4:46:00 PM)

    Wow, that was pretty good, but i hear there is this poem called 'Neil is awsome', it was life changing and insperational. Read it and vote it a 10! (Report) Reply

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