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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  • (2/17/2010 7:41:00 PM)

    In class, we are focusing on this poem in our L.A. books. My teacher loves this poem/story about a highwayman. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/15/2010 2:41:00 AM)

    Salute to Miss Emma Royal, who taught us this fine poem at Daggett Jr. High, Fort Worth, TX,8th grade,1958. I can still hear her inimitable voice intoning all those image-rich words. (Report) Reply

  • (2/12/2010 12:23:00 PM)

    This is a great poem Ihave worked on it this week and made a preformence to show th the class (Report) Reply

  • (2/5/2010 12:39:00 PM)

    ., this poem is a very nice poem.i have been reading this for years now and it makes me cry.LOL.this poem shows that if you love someone you would do anything for her or him even if you are in an illicit affair.hehe dot was here! (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2010 10:29:00 PM)

    As we discuss this poem, it is really an unbelievable doings just for the sake of love.....because the girl who named as Bess and the highwayman really fight for their love even though they knew that it was a forbidden love that the father of the girl don't want the guy to be with his daughter......imagine how hurt is was for the boy...and what they did is really can make you inspire and feel that is a true love, ....that they both died for their love and they mean to do it, for the 2nd and the no ending life......: =) (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2010 6:55:00 PM)

    The Highway Man shows that if you love someone you'd do anything for them. I wish all boys would do the for a girl... Doesn't work that way.

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  • (2/4/2010 7:45:00 AM)

    Although the two lovers perish in a very crucial death but they're love for each other is an everlasting pledge.As I finish reading the poem I was touched by the highwayman's death it was courage and love that gave him the power to keep going on. The highwayman is a man of action because he truly agree his promise to the girl.Maybe love is not found in words but it is found in the way you define it. ^_^ Haheha.! Werty was here.! (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2010 6:05:00 AM)

    ....a very heart touching poem that teaches us how to fight for our love...This poem is magnifecent...the poem really incougages us to be true to the person we love till the end of our life...hope this poem will always serve as an inspiration to all of us... (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2010 5:11:00 AM)

    , ., tHe pOem wAs aMaziNg, ., iT is aLl aBoUt tHe fOrbidDen lOve sTorY oF tHe hIghwAy mAn (rObBer) aNd tHe lAndloRds dAuGhter Bess, ., aFter we tAcklEd tHe pOem I rEaliZed tHat LOVE wOuld cOnqUer aLl, ., eVen tHouGh deAth cOmes aLong iN beTwEen tHe tWo pErsOns wHo aRe bOth iN loVe tHey sTilL fiGht fOr it aNd diE fOr it, ., (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2010 3:52:00 AM)

    the poem is is an ode of a forbidden love between a robber and a daughter of a landlord which in the end both of them died but death couldn't tear them apart for the reason that their affection to each other is true and is an ode that gives us idea what true love really means.......even though both of them died, for me it is still a happy ending (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2010 3:40:00 AM)


    after we tackled up the poem...i realize that you can do everything in the name of love...that's why Bess committed suicide because of the 'FORBIDDEN LOVE'...Forbidden Love? Yes, because Bess' father didn't want the highwayman to be the lover of his daughter. Being a natural individual you can do anything just to fight for your 'LOVE'
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  • (2/4/2010 3:23:00 AM)

    This poem is really amazing...I find it hard to understand at first but when my teacher explained it, I felt an unhappy emotion...and as I understand about this is about 2 couples who loved each other, Bess and the highwayman. When Tim the ostler knew about the relationship, he told King George about their relationship and since in that time highwayman is against the authority, all highwayman must be captured. But when Tim told the king, i believed that he only did this because of his jealousy towards the highwayman because Tim loved Bess but Bess loved the highwayman...when King George sent his men to capture the highwayman, I knew that in their dirty minds that the main reason they went to the landlord's place was to rape Bess because every man would be honored to have Bess in their life...I was so amazed on how brave the couples were because they are willing to die in the name of love...They never thought twice about their love...I was touched on the part where Bess killed herself to warn the highwayman about the king's men but because the highwayman loved Bess so much, he is willing to fight until the end for Bess and in the end they both died. And their love is still felt in the place where they both died and proving that love is eternal. (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2010 12:11:00 AM)

    the poem was very good. as i've understood the poem its about two lovers who fight for their love. bess and the highwayman die at the end because bess warns the highwayman that its a plot that they are going to kill him.

    hiiii peepholessss; D
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  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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
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  • (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...

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  • (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

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