How would i paraphrase this quote from Angelas Ashes? "Patricia is gone and ill never know what happend to the highway man and Bess, I ask Seamus but he doesnt kno any poetry at all especially...

How would i paraphrase this quote from Angelas Ashes?


"Patricia is gone and ill never know what happend to the highway man and Bess, I ask Seamus but he doesnt kno any poetry at all especially English poetry"

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"The Highwayman" is a poem by Alfred Noyes. Young Frank is reading the poem and cannot interpret it correcty. He would like to ask his brother for help, but his brother "doesn't know" poetry. Bess is a character in the poem, and the love interest of the eponymous highwayman (robber or thief).  A villager overhears them expressing their love for each other as they meet in secret, and the townspeople use her as bait to catch and kill him. They kill her as well after abusing her in a variety of ways. The poem's end has the highwayman and Bess meeting as ghosts to continue their love affair.

Frank couldn't understand the ending of the poem, though to the more mature reader, the events are fairly obvious.

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Angela's Ashes

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