The Highwayman Literary Devices

The wind was a torrent of darkness….

Dumb as a dog he listened….

His face burned like a brand as the black cascade of perfume……

Tlot-tlot! Tlot-tlot! Had they heard it?

There was Death at every window…..

Then look for me by moonlight, Watch for me by moonlight, I’ll come to thee by moonlight….

situational irony
The characters in the poem do not know Tim the ostler is listening to their plans. The reader has information the characters do not.

King George’s men came marching up to the old inn door.

a group of lines in a poem similar to a paragraph in an essay

hook for the poem
Set the Scene

clincher for the poem
Hook and Return

emphatic verb
I did love the poem “The Highwayman.” I do recommend it to everyone!

black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast…..

external conflict
a conflict between a character and another person or nature

internal conflict
a conflict between a character and himself

a poem with a song-like quality, usually with a romantic theme

narrative poem
a poem that tells a story

rhythm and meter
a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables to create a sound effect

The road was a ribbon of moonlight…

His hair like moldy hay

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