HIGHWAYMAN POEM ALFRED NOYES PDF

Each of these stanzas is again made up of six lines. The entire poem is a story told by Noyes to his readers. Part One The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees. The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.

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He did not come in the dawning. They said no word to the landlord. They drank his ale instead. But they gagged his daughter, and bound her, to the foot of her narrow bed. Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!

There was death at every window; And hell at one dark window; For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride. They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest. They had bound a musket beside her, with the muzzle beneath her breast! She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good! She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!

They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like years Till, now, on the stroke of midnight, Cold, on the stroke of midnight, The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers! The tip of one finger touched it. She strove no more for the rest. Up, she stood up to attention, with the muzzle beneath her breast. Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horsehoofs ringing clear; Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot, in the distance?

Were they deaf that they did not hear? Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill, The highwayman came riding— The red coats looked to their priming!

She stood up, straight and still. Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night! Nearer he came and nearer. Her face was like a light. Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath, Then her finger moved in the moonlight, Her musket shattered the moonlight, Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him—with her death.

He turned. Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky, With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high. Blood red were his spurs in the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat; When they shot him down on the highway, Down like a dog on the highway, And he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat. Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard.

He taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred.

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The Highwayman

When he was four, the family moved to Aberystwyth , Wales, where his father taught Latin and Greek. Early career[ edit ] In , he left Aberystwyth for Exeter College, Oxford , where he distinguished himself at rowing, but failed to get his degree because he was meeting his publisher to arrange publication of his first volume of poems, The Loom of Years on a crucial day of his finals in Poems included "The Barrel-Organ". The poem shows the clear influence of Romantic poets such as Tennyson and Wordsworth, both in style and subject. One of his most popular poems, "A Song of Sherwood", [7] also dates from

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The Highwayman - Poem by Alfred Noyes

He did not come in the dawning. They said no word to the landlord. They drank his ale instead. But they gagged his daughter, and bound her, to the foot of her narrow bed. Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side! There was death at every window; And hell at one dark window; For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.

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The Highwayman (poem)

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 inndoor. And he rode with a jewelled twinkle, His pistol butts a-twinkle His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky. His face burnt like a brand As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast; And he kissed its waves in the moonlight, Oh, sweet black waves in the moonlight! Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the West. They said no word to the landlord, they drank his ale instead, But they gagged his daughter and bound her to the foot of her narrow bed; Two fo them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side! There was death at every window; And hell at one dark window; For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.

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Alfred Noyes

The structure The poem is written in 2 parts. Part 1 contains 6 stanzas while Part 2 contains 11 stanzas. The poet made extensive use of imagery, alliteration, metaphor, simile, personification and other poetic devices in conveying his message. The Meaning The highwayman in the poem is unnamed. He usually visits the lady at the inn. Later on, the highwayman was betrayed by a friend what wanted to hand him over to the British soldiers.

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