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

  • (12/16/2017 6:44:00 PM)


    I was at school when first I heard the opening lines of this poem. They grabbed me instantly.

    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.............

    How can you not be spellbound and compelled to listen or read on?
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  • (12/16/2017 4:37:00 AM)


    The poem was well done but sad (Report) Reply

  • (12/10/2017 2:57:00 AM)


    O loved this poem when I was at school and now at 61 I still love it. know the beginning by heart (Report) Reply

  • (12/5/2017 12:49:00 AM)


    Hate to be limited to just a few words or characters (Report) Reply

  • (12/5/2017 12:44:00 AM)


    Wish I could find the movie. Help mecdeyokincarte@att.net (Report) Reply

  • (12/5/2017 12:39:00 AM)


    When I was about 6 years old I think I saw a short movie about The Highwayman. It was wonderful (Report) Reply

  • (12/4/2017 2:57:00 PM)


    I am learning about it at school it is the best that I have read I have just read it to my mam (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2017 11:41:00 AM)


    I used to hate this poem with a passion. Nothing to do with the poem. I had a lazy English teacher who couldn't be bothered to remember the names of his students, and because I have a very common surname, it was always me that was picked on to read anything out loud and this was one of the worst: it's long and I always stumbled over those tlot-tlot bits. I am now reading it for the first time in over 55 years and can appreciate it from a different perspective. So never say never. (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2017 5:57:00 AM)


    poem learned at Villa Maria Peru 1950 and never forgotten - great fun enactment by classmates using Sister's desk as the Inn. Bi-lingual school - girls upper class with excellent English learned. Pity poems by Alfred Noyes etc. not taught In Australia - including The New duckling - learned in 1946 in Kingston Canada. (Report) Reply

  • (11/16/2017 7:48:00 PM)


    This poem is about love, sacrifice, and loss. If you have ever been in love, or if you have ever sacrificed for love, or if you have ever experienced deep loss then this poem will move you. (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2017 1:11:00 PM)


    it was a little bit weird (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2017 12:57:00 PM)


    good peom just read when you are bored in your ela class (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2017 12:20:00 PM)


    super good peom. to read when you are bored (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2017 12:20:00 PM)


    a very good peice of work. that is all i could say. (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2017 12:18:00 PM)


    I think that this is a very good piece of work.
    we have to do this during school so it takes a long time. which is goood. 😁 😆 😅 😂 🤣
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  • (11/15/2017 10:28:00 AM)


    boi this is saaaaaaddd that girl died bc she had long back hair im a boi i dont even have that much back hair (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2017 9:23:00 AM)


    ima tank and yo mama got a stanky leg (Report) Reply

  • (11/12/2017 5:37:00 AM)


    so crap it made my ears bleed (Report) Reply

    Alfred Noyes Fan (11/17/2017 1:53:00 PM)

    This poem was written by a highly succesful poet who is known worldwide, as well as THIS poem you dubbed 'so crap it made your ears bleed' was voted 15th in the BBC's poll for The Nation's Favourite Poems in 1995. So when you write a poem that gets that far, and is loved by millions from 52 different countries, please let me know. I'd love to hear it.

  • (10/11/2017 8:58:00 PM)


    Beautifully tragic and heart wrenchingly romantic! "La Douleur Exquise" (Report) Reply

  • Khirod Dalpati (10/5/2017 12:36:00 PM)


    One of my favourites (Report) Reply



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