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J Stockfordon 28 June 2012
Transcript of 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-
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door. II
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. III
Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard,
And he tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred;
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord's daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair. IV
And dark in the old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
Where Tim the ostler listened; his face was white and peaked;
His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,
But he loved the landlord's daughter,
The landlord's red-lipped daughter,
Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say- V
"One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I'm after a prize to-night,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way." VI
He rose upright in the stirrups; he scarce could reach her hand,
But she loosened her hair i' the casement! His face burnt like a brand
As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;
And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
(Oh, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the West. Part Two
He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
And out o' the tawny sunset, before the rise o' the moon,
When the road was a gipsy's ribbon, looping the purple moor,
A red-coat troop came marching-
King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door. II
They said no word to the landlord, they drank his ale instead,
But they gagged his daughter and bound her to the foot of her narrow bed;
Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!
There was death at every window;
And hell at one dark window;
For Bess could see, through the casement, the road that he would ride. III
They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest;
They bound a musket beside her, with the barrel beneath her breast!
"Now keep good watch!" and they kissed her.
She heard the dead man say-
Look for me by moonlight;
Watch for me by moonlight;
I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way! IV
She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good!
She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!
They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like
Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,
Cold, on the stroke of midnight,
The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers! V
The tip of one finger touched it; she strove no more for the rest!
Up, she stood up to attention, with the barrel beneath her breast,
She would not risk their hearing; she would not strive again;
For the road lay bare in the moonlight;
Blank and bare in the moonlight;
And the blood of her veins in the moonlight throbbed to her love's refrain. VI
Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horse-hoofs ringing clear;
Tlot-tlot, tlot-tlot, in the distance? Were they deaf that they did not hear?
Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
The highwayman came riding,
The red-coats looked to their priming! She stood up straight and still! VII
Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night!
Nearer he came and nearer! Her face was like a light!
Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath,
Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
Her musket shattered the moonlight,
Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him-with her death. VIII
He turned; he spurred to the West; he did not know who stood
Bowed, with her head o'er the musket, drenched with her own red blood!
Not till the dawn he heard it, his face grew grey to hear
How Bess, the landlord's daughter,
The landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there. IX
Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
Blood-red were his spurs i' the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat,
When they shot him down on the highway,
Down like a dog on the highway,
And he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat. X
And still of a winter's night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
A highwayman comes riding-
A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door. XI
Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard,
And he taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred;
He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord's daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair. Task: You will write an essay:
4 paragraphs using quotes and explanations
Today we will plan our assessment essay for “The Highwayman”.
You will be assessed over 6 areas. AF2 Show your understanding! AF3 Interpret the text! AF4 Structure of the text! AF5: Explain the language
Level 5: Explain what certain words mean.
Level 6: Explain what certain words mean in detail.
Level 7: Explain what certain words mean in detail AND what the effect is. AF5 Explain the text! AF6: Writer’s purpose and viewpoint
Level 5: Work out the writer’s opinion.
Level 6: Work out the writer’s opinion and use quotes.
Level 7: Work out how different devices show the writer’s opinion AND what effect they have. AF6 Writer's purpose and viewpoint! AF7: Historical tradition
Level 5: Make a comparison between the highwayman and other highwaymen.
Level 6: Comment on other highwaymen and how this affects your understanding of the ballad.
Level 7: Comment on other highwaymen and how it can affect your understanding of the ballad in different ways. AF7 Historical tradition! AF2: Show your understanding
Level 5: Some points are clear.
Level 6: All points are clear.
Level 7: All points have been very carefully selected and are extremely clear. AF3: Interpret the text
Level 5: Work out the basic story.
Level 6: Work out different layers of meaning.
Level 7: Make connections between different points in the text. AF4: Structure of the text
Level 5: Work out how the ballad is organised.
Level 6: Comment on how the ballad creates an effect.
Level 7: Work out how does the text form a theme. Introduction:
What is "The Highwayman" about? Who wrote it?
What are highwaymen (good or bad?) What is important to know about this ballad? Paragraph 1: Describe an example of figurative language. Use a quote and be detailed.
Paragraph 2: Choose another example of figurative language to explain. Use a quote and be detailed.
Paragraph 3: Describe the atmosphere in stanza 13. Choose a quote or two to prove your point.
Paragraph 4: Describe the contrast between Tim the ostler in stanza 4 and the highwayman in stanza 15. They both love Bess but show it in different ways. How do you know this? Use quotes. Conclusion:
1. Summarise the points you have talked about.
2. What effect does this poem have on you as the reader?
3. What are your final thoughts? Alfred Noyes uses simile/metaphor/ onomatopoeia/repetition/personification/ oxymoron/alliteration to describe…
It says, “…..”
The word ‘…’ suggests… Noyes uses simile/metaphor/ onomatopoeia/repetition/personification/ oxymoron/alliteration to describe…
It says, “…..”
The word ‘…’ suggests… The atmosphere in stanza 13 is …
Noyes writes, "….."
The word '…' suggests…
In contrast/in comparison/similarly in stanza ... the atmosphere is...
It is described as "....."
The word '...' suggests... Topic sentence
Tim the ostler is described as ... in stanza four.
It says, "….."
The word(s) '…' suggest…
In contrast/in comparison/however in stanza 15 the highwayman shows emotion by "....."
The word(s) '...' suggest... Question! What characteristics does Tim the ostler have?
Why is his listening in? What is he going to do?
How is he different to the highwayman? Question! Why are King George's men at the inn?
Why do they mistreat Bess?
What are they hoping to accomplish? Question! What is Bess planning?
Why does she plan this?
Is her sacrifice worth it in the end? Question! How has this ballad ended?
What are the consequences of:
King George's men's actions?
The highwayman's action?
Have they made positive choices or negative choices?