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OXFORD THE HIGHWAYMAN [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Alfred Noyes , Charles Keeping
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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27 Mar 2008
Alfred Noyes's famous poem still has the power to thrill us as we read the story of the highwayman and his doomed love for Bess, the landlord's black-eyed daughter. Charles Keeping's stunning illustrations won this book the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1982.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts; New Ed edition (27 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192723707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192723703
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 20.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Anyone who likes reading poetry aloud will leap on this, and the pictures fit the text perfectly.' -- Daily Telegraph

'Keeping's illustrations are amongst the most powerful images ever to have appeared in children's literature.'
-- Books for Keeps, September 1999

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 30 Aug 2009
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bought this book for use in school and now school have bought a class set. if you are teaching or studying the highwayman this book is a must. brilliant all round.
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I loved this book. We read it in school and each got to read a paragraph with sound effects too. We made a really mystical atmosphere to the story and everyone thought that it was really good. All of the girls thought that Bess was really brave and in love and all of the boys thought that the Highwayman was really cool. They especially liked the gory bits. At the end, we all made up a story to the poem, only in our english today, not Olde English. Everyone enjoyed it immensly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful! 10 July 2010
I picked this up by chance at a second hand bookshop, and had to have it. It's short, and presents like a childrens book, but I'd say it's far from. It contains some rather adult themes for a book that really looks like it should be for children (the typeset gives it this feeling).

the illustrations are wonderful and really bring this book to life, it's well worth getting a copy, despite how short it is. I highly recommend this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars special pictures 17 Feb 2010
By jules
Love the illustrations, they are fantastic. The poem is haunting, more of a rhyming story really but very readable. Just a fab book to have on a shelf and dip in and out of.
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When I first heard the poem I thought it was both chilling and brilliant. The words and the suspense that is created throughout the poem is gripping. Teamed with its excellent illustrations, this book is an absolute winner!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I agree with you reader's comment from Australia this is a rich and exciting narrative poem. As a teaching resource for exploring figuarative language such alliteration, metpahor, symbolism, onomatopoeia, similies adjectives, it is outstanding. Charles Keeping's monochrome fine pen and ink illustrations vibrate with energy almost echoing the "tlot tlot' of the horses hooves and later the "madman shouting a curse". And yet the fine lines also ripple with an innocent softness on the daughter's long black hair. It can be read at many levels and never fails to send my blood rushing with a mixture of fear, excitement and anger as I consider what really happened to Bess.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Poem from a Little Known Author 15 Jun 1999
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Although I did not read the book "Highwayman", I have read the poem from a website on the internet. I am amazed that few people have reviewed this poem. The Highwayman is one of the best poems I have ever read and is truly remarkable in that it appeals to people of all agaes. Although it may well be considered a work for children, I believe that the full impact of Noyes's imagery and the subtle messages of the poem can only be fully appreciated my the mature mind. I recommend this poem to anyone interested in history and/or historical fiction.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, Haunting, Masterpiece.... 31 Mar 2007
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Stand and Deliver.......Your Money or your Life....

"The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor
And the highwayman came riding-
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn door..."

With a powerful introduction like this, you must read on.... The Highwayman (by Alfred Noyes) tells a tragic tale of doomed love in beautifully descriptive and poetic language. This must be one of my all-time favourite poems, a timeless, haunting, romantic masterpiece evoking strong imagery and passion. Dark and Moody, with a rhythm similar to that of horses hooves, there's a galloping beat that's perfect for capturing the ambience of the masked figure on horseback. The Highwayman is deadly and he dares to be different, galloping on the fringes of society and remaining outside of the establishment. He's undoubtedly handsome and an incredibly well dressed, stylish and passionate individual. A proud and brave man who's in love with Bess, the Landlords Daughter and she with him.

"He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter
Bess, the landlord's daughter
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair"

He rides in the night, alone, fearless and confident. Unlike some modern day criminals the Highwayman was generally a well dressed, well spoken gentleman who used threats rather than violence. But he is no match for cowardly troops, ignorant and with no respect for life, guns at the ready. Even Bess is not safe with them around and we feel her helplessness, despair and sorrow, ultimately ending in sacrifice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a book
This is a classic story, that has something for everyone

It's got ghosts, a love story, a highwayman

What's not to love!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Dan Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars quality book with speedy delivery
Very pleased. Very good condition as described. It's one of my favourite books and an excellent way for children to understand metaphors and similes at such a young age. Read more
Published 13 months ago by KF Lyford
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic poem
This is a beautiful combination of Alfred Noyes' poem with the staggeringly inspiring illustrations of Charles Keeping. Something to keep and share. Classic.
Published 14 months ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky
This aged poem is now popular again and is included frequently in the KS2 Literature syllabus. Keeping's illustrations perfectly enhance the ghostly aspects of the words and show... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Theotherjay
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful in every way
I just baught this for my sister, because she adores this book, and she is 20+ haha!
Childhood memories recall this chilling poetic story of a Highwayman and his lover,... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars THe Highwayman
Excellent product promptly dispatched and arrived exactly on time at the address I wished it to go to (which was different to my own)
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by Hazel Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much to say
It's perfect, the book is in pristine condition.
The illustrations took me back years and the poem itself holds a secure place in my heart.
Thank you very much.
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by CrazyPerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's luck?
I am not a typist and am only just beginning to learn how to use a computer so managing to order something over the internet was a great triumph for me. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2011 by Exsul
5.0 out of 5 stars The Highwayman
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, I bought this because my sister used to read it to me in bed when I was a small child! I have never forgotten it. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2009 by Mrs. Josephine Reynolds
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