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Analysis of ‘The Highwayman’.

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Introduction

Analysis of 'The Highwayman'. This poem is called 'The Highwayman' and was written by Alfred Noyes. This particular poem is superb. This is because it engulfs lots of poetic skills and gets the reader to go through many emotions. 'The Highwayman' is a narrative poem because it is read by the reader and instead of one of the characters. I think this gives the characters an even spread throughout the poem. I would of thought that this poem is set in the 16th-17th centuries. I think this because the highwaymen were about in these centuries. The start of the poem consists of three metaphors. A metaphor is when two words are compared to one another without using the words as, like. The three metaphors are '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 ...read more.

Middle

She has black hair and black eyes. Through the poem her description is repeated many times. It says she is 'platting a love-knot through her long black hair' this is brilliant as it puts a very clear picture in my head of her sitting by the window platting her long black hair. These two characters are clearly I deep love, this makes the poem very sexy and like Romeo + Juliet. The third character is the Ostler in the old inn called Tim. He has a soft spot for Bess, which definitely gives the poem a bit of a Jerry Springer taste to it. He is only described briefly as having 'hair like mouldy hay' this gives me the image of him being a scarecrow like in the Wizard of Oz. I can picture bits of fluff and dirt in his hair it could also be thick and matted. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poem has a unhappy ending as both the Highwayman and Bess get shot. Even that it is a sad ending I still think this is good as it fits into the poems storyline. The whole poem is held together by the fantastic rhythm in the poem and the use of the repetition helps to make the rhythm more fluent. If a poem does not have rhythm, it does not read as well. I believe 'The Highwayman' has just the right rhythm for its kind of story. I conclude that this poem is amazing as it uses a lot of skills like repetition, onomatopoeia and rhythm to keep the flow of the poem interesting. I think Alfred Noyes has chosen the right storyline for a poem as it is not too complex but enough to make it interesting. The length is also just right and does not make the poem drag on to much. I enjoyed reading the poem and it has been a good poem to work on ...read more.

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