Figurative Language In The Highwayman

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The Highwayman: a poem full of mystery and meaning. This poem was written by Alfred Noyes. This top-notch poem was about a highwayman that fell in love with a landlord’s daughter he met on his way through the area. By the end she shot herself to save the highwayman. Although, by the end, they were both dead. The highwayman got shot off his horse. In this poem, Alfred Noyes uses an exquisite amount of figurative language. He uses figurative language including, alliteration, metaphors, similes, imagery, and onomatopoeia. By the end of this essay, you should be able to identify why Alfred Noyes’ poem, The Highwayman, was a splendid and remarkable poem full of poetic devices. I would classify this poem as a masterpiece due to his use of figurative language.

Some poetic devices this poem uses is similes and metaphors. This is the most used figurative language in the whole poem. There is many, many examples of similes and metaphors in this poem. In the poem, it says, “...his hair like moldy hay.”
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Imagery is when an author uses descriptive words to help make a picture in your mind of what the author is saying (uses description to its full potential). There are so many examples of this in the poem. But, here is an example: “ King George’s men came marching..”. This is imagery because the author was descriptive and helped paint a picture in my mind. Instead of just saying that men came walking, the author told who’s men and that they were marching. The author was descriptive and helped paint a picture in your head so you better understood the poem. The poem also displays onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is when an author uses sounds. In the poem, for example, it says “Tlot, tlot. Tlot, tlot.” This sound was to symbolize the sound of horses trotting. The author used imagery and onomatopoeia in the poem, causing it to have a greater poetic flow to it. It also helped give a better understanding of the