alfred noyes

Topics: Poetry, Poetic form, Ballad Pages: 2 (466 words) Published: May 11, 2014
How can The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes be considered a ballad form of poetry.

The Highwayman can be considered a ballad because of the use of various techniques which are typical of the ballad style of poetry. The author Alfred Noyes wrote the poem in 1906 and at the time he was 24 years old. He died on the 25th June 1958. He is buried on the Isle of Wight where he lived with his wife and children. The first feature of the poem that makes it a ballad is it tells a story. Before words were printed, news was passed by people telling other people. Ballads were used because they were easier to remember. An example of this is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” tells the story of a sailor who killed and albatross and brought bad luck. Ballads typically contain a regular rhyme scheme. Having a regular rhyme scheme helps keep a constant rhythm throughout the poem, which helps make it easier to remember. “The Highwayman” has a regular rhyme scheme (AABCCB) throughout the poem, apart from one paragraph which has seven lines with the rhyme scheme of AABCDDC to help stress importance of lyrics. The Highwayman” is considered to be a narrative poem because it is about two people in love with each other and they love sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- oooooooooooooooooooo much and they snog loads and the ostler is like she is mine u nigga f*** off! the

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