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What is the Highwayman really about? I don't really understand it the way it was...

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flowerchild13 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 13, 2013 at 1:58 AM via iOS

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What is the Highwayman really about? I don't really understand it the way it was written and I'm supposed to rewrite it in my own words.

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subhaditya18 | Student | Honors

Posted September 5, 2013 at 2:06 AM (Answer #1)

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"The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes represents the actions of true love (whether wise love or not). A subtle part of the thematic symbolism is the representation of the psychological sketches of both Bess and the Highwayman. The heroine, in love with a highway robber, finds a way to warn him that the militia has come for him and is lying in wait to kill him. Rather than see her love caught and killed, while the waiting red coats sleep, the heroine with the black eyes stands in the moonlight of the darkened window and turns one of the men's rifles upon herself. All the highwayman hears is a gunshot. All he sees is the form of an unknown woman dying in the window. He flees to safety but when he hears who died in the window, how and why, he gallops back for revenge on her beloved life. He is killed and through eternity he attempts without success to reunite with

the landlord's black-eyed daughter, 
Bess, the landlord's daughter, 
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.    

It shows that true love is immortal.          

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