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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-Did your interpretation of the action change after viewing the “movie like” depiction?
-What is your emotional reaction to the poem?
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).
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.