Describe how Alfred Noyes in The Highwayman creates a stereotypical
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Describe how Alfred Noyes in The Highwayman creates a stereotypical melodramatic atmosphere of romance, treachery, heroism and death
(Literature: Response to pre 1900 poetry.
Assignment: Describe how Alfred Noyes in "The Highwayman" creates a stereotypical melodramatic atmosphere of romance, treachery, heroism and death (Literature: Response to pre 1900 poetry. Objectives 1, 2,
Alfred Noyes was born in 1880. The Welsh coast and mountains where he grew up were an early inspiration for his work. Noyes started writing poetry in the early 1900's, his most popular yet is "The Highwayman", a touching story of love, tragedy and jealousy in which two lovers are parted by death. It is a beautiful romantic poem, where the words…show more content… Again he is a stereotypical
"baddie" as he is ugly and filthy. His hair is like "mouldy hay" and his 'white and peaked" face along with his hollow eyes show us that he is ill and evil.
'The Highwayman' is also stereotypically melodramatic in its dramatic description. Alfred Noyes has cleverly used a night-time setting, something that is often associated with drama. There are many references to darkness, blackness and the moon which create an exciting and romantic atmosphere keeping the reader in suspense. The first lines which include powerful metaphors such as "The wind was a torrent of darkness" and "The moon was a ghostly galleon" entice you to read on. Words such as 'ghostly', 'hell', 'blood' and 'death' suggest a sense of danger. This is stereotypical because no fairytale story of love and separation is complete without a hint of danger.
'The Highwayman' contains a lot of repetition e.g. "And the highwayman came riding riding riding" and "A red-coat troop came marching marching marching". Repetition adds intensity and emphasis to the poem. Alfred Noyes presents a series of dramatic pictures. For example, "She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood" and also "like a dog on the highway". Using tension in a poem is an effective way to keep the reader interested and in this poem it is created because we have to conclude that Tim betrayed the highwayman. Tension has the