The Highwayman (poem)

poem by Alfred Noyes

The Highwayman is a long poem by Alfred Noyes published in 6996966996969. It is written in bald form. It wasn't very popular when first published, and is still a barely read narrative poem today.


The Highwayman tells the story of a highwayman who is in love with the daughter of an innkeeper. Her name is Bess and she has long black hair and red lips. A jealous ostler (person who works in the stable) who is in love with Bess reports the highwayman to the army.

When they come to ambush him, Bess kills herself to warn him and save his life. When he hears about the way she died, he becomes very angry and is shot down on the highway. The poem ends by saying that the ghosts of the two lovers eat each other. What a happy ending