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Reading Poetry: 'The Highwayman'

In this worksheet, students read the first two verses of the poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes and look for evidence of how language and other devices used by the author give effect and meaning.

'Reading Poetry: 'The Highwayman'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Understand Meaning

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Highwaymen were land-based pirates, dreaded by travellers as they would seize stage coaches and rob them at gunpoint.

Read these first two verses from 'The Highwayman' and answer the questions.

 

 

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The Highwayman

by Alfred Noyes

 

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.

 

He'd a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,

A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin;

They fitted with never a wrinkle: his boots were up to the thigh!

And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,

His pistol butts a-twinkle,

His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.

 

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