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

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/29/2017 2:21:00 PM)

    And still of a winter's night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
    When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
    When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
    A highwayman comes riding—
    Exciting poem.
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  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/11/2017 7:12:00 AM)

    Wonderful piece!
    Well expressed and punctuated!

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  • (2/9/2017 10:36:00 AM)

    My $0.02
    While the poem was extravagant, I feel that it is somewhat overrated, as if it were to be compared to the likes of works by classic western poets, such as Tupac'eth Shakur, who wrote Me Against the World, though my personal favorite of his is Hit Them Up in which he describes his rivalry with eastern poets such as Bigg'eth Smalls. (Report) Reply

    Isaac Halberstadt Isaac Halberstadt (8/12/2017 10:46:00 AM)

    You managed to sneak past me with 'Tupac'eth Shakur, but when I read 'Bigg'eth Smalls', I knew what was going on. Well played, my friend, well played indeed.

  • Tom Allport (12/31/2016 3:53:00 PM)

    tom allport
    an epic poem very well wrote. (Report) Reply

  • (9/15/2016 10:30:00 PM)

    One of the few classics that you can sing along to. As I read it, the tune came instantly and it was such a joy to behold! (Report) Reply

  • Fathima Usman (7/25/2016 7:31:00 AM)

    My mom and I read this poem five years ago. It has been one of our favourites! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (6/20/2016 2:28:00 PM)

    I read this story poem when I was very young- before I owned my first horse- -and it haunted me for the rest of my life. What a powerful, well-written, stylish, atmosphere-driven, romantic, suspenseful, giant of a poem! (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie (6/3/2016 11:05:00 AM)

    The Highwayman reminds me of that group of musicians. (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie (6/3/2016 11:04:00 AM)

    A very good poem, The days have past since in scho
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  • (5/27/2016 11:42:00 AM)

    Stephan W-Beautifully written. Yet it condones the violence of the highwayman, a cold-blooded killer whose love is gold. Thus it is very naive.

    Please. Are you serious? Where do you get that this poem condones violence? It doesn't. You are confused. The only violence perpetrated in this entire work of art is by the hand of King George's soldiers. Nowhere does it say the Highwayman is a cold blooded killer and nowhere does it even hint that he is. The King's men are the only murderers in this story.

    A highwayman was a robber which doesn't automatically make him a killer. There is a difference.

    Who is the naïve one here?

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  • (4/29/2016 11:48:00 AM)

    Slightly scary and yet wonderfully imaginative. I'm learning it at school and I'm really enjoying studying it. (Report) Reply

  • (4/28/2016 4:15:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem that embodies the power of love over the finality of death. (Report) Reply

  • (2/3/2016 1:25:00 PM)

    Love this poem, really caught my imagination. Learning it at school, and now doing an essay. Great atmosphere, love it. (Report) Reply

  • (1/22/2016 2:45:00 PM)

    I like this poem I am learning about it at school. (Report) Reply

    Ellis Thomas (2/3/2016 1:21:00 PM)


  • (12/18/2015 12:56:00 PM)

    Loved this poem as a child (Report) Reply

  • (11/17/2015 11:19:00 PM)

    The great and late folksinger Phil Ochs put this poem to music in the 60's long before
    McKennitt Same melody. While I like her version listen to the man that originally put it to music. Ochs and Noyes - MAGIC.
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    Christopher Blue (4/15/2017 8:53:00 AM)

    Actually, the FIRST man to set it to music was Deems Taylor, in 1914,52 years before Ochs. It was performed by numerous singers before Ochs.

    Ellis Thomas (2/3/2016 1:22:00 PM)


  • (11/4/2015 3:52:00 PM)

    I learnt this poem as a boy I loved it then and I still do seventy six years later (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/3/2015 10:56:00 AM)

    Superb, Great imagery and scenic beauty is amazing. (Report) Reply

  • (9/1/2015 4:18:00 AM)

    I likes this poem and the narratives though I was frankly not capable to understand it well. (Report) Reply

  • Aaron Henley (6/23/2015 9:49:00 PM)

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    Thanks for the comment, I am no where near your level lol! ! Wish i could write like this; ( Already Reported Reply

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