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

  • Rookie 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

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  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

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

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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 12 Points Sallie Howson (11/8/2009 2:21:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Tilak Pokhrel (10/8/2009 12:59:00 AM)

    This poem was in my 9th standard syllabus and m in love wit it since the first time i read it... ie since 2001: -) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shannon Lasater (9/14/2009 3:29:00 AM)

    i like it, u should read my new poem, These Words (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tatiana Wright (9/6/2009 11:00:00 PM)

    tlot, tlot
    tlot, tlot

    hahaha i had to analyze this poem in class and i didnt know what the heck it was saying (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Taylor Cansler (9/6/2009 5:46:00 PM)

    It's a story about a robber and Bess who are in love, but the stable man, Tim, is jealous of the robber and tells king Gorges men where he is going to be that night. The men tie Bess up and aim a gun at her and leaves her, and she doesn't want the robber to be killed so when she hears him coming, and she warns him by shooting the gun and killing herself in the process but he get killed anyway when he hears of her death and wants revenge. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Darshmeen Dhillon (7/7/2009 9:19:00 PM)

    could anyone please like translate this poem (Report) Reply

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