Alfred Noyes

(16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958 / Wolverhamton)

Alfred Noyes
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Alfred Noyes was an English poet, best known for his ballads, "The Highwayman" and "The Barrel-Organ."

Early Years

Noyes was born in Wolverhampton, England, the son of Alfred and Amelia Adams Noyes. When he was four, the family moved to Aberystwyth, Wales, where his father taught Latin and Greek. The Welsh coast and mountains were an early inspiration to Noyes. In 1898, he left Aberystwyth for Exeter College, Oxford, where he distinguished himself at rowing, but failed to get his degree because, on a crucial day of his finals in 1902, he was meeting his publisher to arrange publication of his first volume of poems, The Loom of Years ... more »

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  • Ennyne (7/9/2018 5:14:00 AM)

    how about the God's gift poem of Alfred Noyes, its non existing?
    I have it in my Contemporary subject now and i can't find it.

  • PAUL H. WALL AGE 94 (4/17/2018 7:36:00 PM)

    MY FAVORITE POET. I NEVER KNEW THAT HE WROTE SO MANY POEMS. HE WAS A WHOLE HEARTED OPTIMIST. HE HEARS AN ORGAN-GRINDER IN THE STREETS OF LONDON: HIS HEART BEATS FASTER FOR THE HEARING, AS HAVE MILL

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  • ROLAND (2/12/2018 9:31:00 PM)

    I was introduced to this as a song by Loreena McKennitt. Beautiful poem, beautiful song. PANDORA

  • Margaret Mackenzie (11/21/2007 9:57:00 AM)

    One of my favouite lyric poets, but can't find a copy of his ' cradle song of the madonna'(also seen titled 'the Madonnas' lullaby') on line..Can anyone help?

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Best Poem of Alfred Noyes

The Highwayman

PART ONE

I

THE wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
Riding—riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

II

He'd a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
A ...

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