Alfred Noyes Poems

Alfred Noyes was an English poet who also worked as a short-story writer and playwright. He was born in 1880 and published several popular works during his lifetime. These included ‘Drake,’ a 200-page epic, written in blank verse. Others included volumes like The Flower of Old Japan and Poems, published respectively in 1903 and 1904. His full-length play, Sherwood, was published several years later in 1911.  His last poem was written the year he died, in 1958, and was titled Ballade of the Breaking Shell. 

The Highwayman

by Alfred Noyes

‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes is a gothic narrative of tells of the story of the highwayman, the red coats who wanted to capture him and his lover. 

Alfred Noyes is renowned for blending romance with historical settings, and 'The Highwayman' is a testament to that style. The poem encapsulates passion, drama, and tragedy, all against a vivid historical backdrop, underscoring his ability to create enduring narratives.

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—


The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.


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