Today we will read the narrative poem, "The Highway Man" by Alfred Noyes. In order to complete today's assignment you will need to click on the link below and COPY and SAVE the Google Slide BEFORE beginning the assignment.
Alfred Noyes was an English author, one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, notably known for his ballads ‘The Highwayman’ and ‘The Barrel-Organ’. He was a determined person and decided to pursue writing as his profession during his graduation years. His passion for becoming a writer is evident from an incident when he skipped an exam to meet a publisher with reference to his first poetry collection, a decision which cost him his graduation degree. Eventually he published his poetry collections over the years and created a place for himself among other authors. He created an entrancing atmosphere through his poetry which captivated the reader’s attention. In addition to being a marvelous poet, he was a critic, essayist, short story writer, novelist, biographer, autobiographer and a dramatist. He incorporated different themes in his literary masterpieces which include everyday life, science, religion, romance, England’s history and the danger of the sea. Despite having so much talent and a unique persona, he was criticized for his writing style and was never recognized as a significant poet by most literary schools in his time. It was in the early twentieth century that his works were truly appreciated and he was considered a highly influential author by the literary society.