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

  • Petals Azureblue (7/16/2018 10:44:00 PM)


    What a spellbinding poem. Awesome! ! ! 👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

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  • (7/6/2018 12:53:00 PM)


    Such a poo u noobs bahaha now whatever don't read this there are better ones (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2018 7:56:00 AM)


    A poem loved by and recounted to me by my father and also not long before his death. A few days after his death I heard it on Poetry Today on Radio 4 and it was as though he was talking to me again and telling me he was still around and would ever be. (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2018 12:49:00 AM)


    very annoying story.jk (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2018 1:32:00 PM)


    I learned of this poem 70 years ago when I was in high school and wish there were more writers like Alfred Noyes today. The language is very descriptive and really haunts you. (Report) Reply

  • (6/1/2018 9:47:00 AM)


    I learned this poem when I was 12 years and still say it when I am trying to go to sleep. That was 70 years ago. Once my family was on a car trip and I started to say it for my children and my Husband said don't bore them with THAT What a shame. Also Laska, which is a similar love story. (Report) Reply

  • (5/31/2018 4:22:00 PM)


    I too remember the first lines of this poem - in the fall especially - when the moon dodges in and out of clouds. It's always been one of my favorite poems. (Report) Reply

  • (5/31/2018 2:19:00 AM)


    One of my favourite poems from high school - I still, when I look at a full moon, especially when its a cloudy night recite.......the moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy skies. Love the narrative. (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2018 1:05:00 PM)


    But why was the setting at the end repeated to the setting at the beginning? (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2018 12:43:00 PM)


    i think that the poem is amazing because the poem has key techniques that other poems dont have or that are not used correctly. (Report) Reply

  • (5/16/2018 4:20:00 AM)


    I remember learning this in year 5. It was scary because the young woman was going to kill herself. But i understand now it was a sacrifice she had to make. (Report) Reply

    (5/25/2018 3:56:00 PM)

    O know how I feel i just now understand it to

  • (5/13/2018 3:07:00 AM)


    Highway man bbdddhyfhjkgdaargyhuk (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2018 8:08:00 AM)


    Amazing tragic events and great to learn about at school (Report) Reply

  • (4/20/2018 12:26:00 AM)


    I have loved this poem since I was 10 years old and we had to memorise it, all of it for school, I am now 78 years old. thank you to Alfred Noyes for writing it, (Report) Reply

    (4/29/2018 10:34:00 PM)

    Gladys,
    Same for me! I had to recite it in English class. I’m 67 years old and I can still remember the words!

  • (4/3/2018 8:49:00 AM)


    What a ballad! What a story! What a poem!
    The rhymes, rhythms, word-play! Oh, haunting!
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    (7/6/2018 12:53:00 PM)

    Nah u Christmas fairy

    (4/9/2018 3:08:00 AM)

    Such love is Christ like! ! !

  • (3/29/2018 1:59:00 PM)


    you guys know the poem is about sexual abuse and suicide, right? (Report) Reply

    (5/4/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    we learnt about it in school good poem

    (4/9/2018 4:00:00 AM)

    It is not just about rape, sexual abuse committed by the soldiers on Bess, but about her immense unqualified love for the Highwayman. She used herself as the target to warn him. Then, as per the social set up, a raped girl was looked down upon and she this also would have been a reason for her suicide.

    Then, the Highwayman was not captured and put to trial as we see today. He was simply shot dead like a dog, on the road. Justice in those days were different.

    (4/9/2018 3:11:00 AM)

    How asinine can you get! ! ! You completely missed the point! ! !

  • (3/18/2018 3:24:00 PM)


    This poem was set to music by folksinger Phil Ochs. You should listen. (Report) Reply

  • (3/9/2018 10:27:00 AM)


    that was a goory poem but very descriptive (Report) Reply

  • (3/6/2018 7:45:00 PM)


    Very nice (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2018 1:44:00 PM)


    Good poem I read your poem at school and home can make poem about the maze runner pls😁 (Report) Reply



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