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Monday, 28 November 2011

The Highwayman




One of my favourite poems is 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. In the version I have, the illustrations are by Charles Keeping whose work I also admire. The combination is electric.

Here I have the opening illustration and the first verse for you to muse upon:


'The Highwayman'

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 inn-door.

Alfred Noyes

8 comments:

Spangle said...

I have to admit, that I haven't read this poem. However the first is so atmospheric, that it makes me want to read the rest. I also love the modd that the illustration creates.

aguja said...

Will lend it to you.

Melissa Sarno said...

Electric is right! I love that illustration and the poem is great. I'm thinking of those purple moors...

aguja said...

Good to hear from you, Melissa. I shall catch up on your blog - had 'flu!

Gina said...

It does create a wonderful mood with its imagery.
:-)

Olga said...

A very beautiful and somewhat nostalgic illustration, and an equally beautiful poem.

aguja said...

Thank you so much for your comments. I am still catching up on your posts!

Annie @ButteryBooks said...

I love this poem. The illustration is creates a mood of desolation.