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The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. Reading Tasks. First Reading. Listen to the poem on audio. With your elbow partner, go through the poem stanza by stanza and summarize the action. Look up and define words (on the paper!) when necessary!

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first reading
First Reading
  • Listen to the poem on audio.
  • With your elbow partner, go through the poem stanza by stanza and summarize the action.
        • Look up and define words (on the paper!) when necessary!
        • For “Tim the Ostler” look up “Hostler” for the correct definition.
  • On the back of the paper, write a brief summary of the poem. (A few sentences – short paragraph is fine.)
second reading
Second Reading
  • Watch/Listen to the poem

http://archive.org/details/BritannicaDreamsProductions_2

  • Discuss.

-Did your interpretation of the action change after viewing the “movie like” depiction?

-What is your emotional reaction to the poem?

third reading
Third Reading
  • As you read through the poem again with your partner, use your redpen to underline any use of figurative language. Write down what type it is when you find it next to the example.
  • When you find a simile or metaphor, underline it and then CIRCLE the two things are being compared.
      • For example:
      • “The moon was a ghostly galleon”
          • moon is compared to ghostly galleon
      • “His hair was like mouldy hay”
          • hair is compared to mouldy hay.
the literary evaluation chart
The Literary Evaluation Chart
  • Individually, you will select a total of FOUR of the best/your favorite examples of figurative language but they CANNOT all be the same!! You are going to use these examples from the poem to use with the literary evaluation chart.
the literary device evaluation chart
The Literary Device Evaluation Chart

Quote from the Text

in MLA Format:

In the text it states, “quote” (author’s last name and page number).

What literary device is being used in this quote?

Explain in literal language what is meant by the literary device: what is being compared, what does it literally mean?

Based on the use of this literary device, how would you explain the effect it has on the meaning of the text?

In the poem it states, “The wind was a torrent of darkness” (Noyes).

Metaphor

The author is comparing the rushing wind to how incredibly dark it is.

The author is describing the conditions of the night in which the Highwayman rides: it is an unsettled and mysterious night, like the love between the highwayman and Bess.

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