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Alfred Noyes

(16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958 / Wolverhamton)

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Alfred Noyes was an English poet, best known for his ballads, "The Highwayman" and "The Barrel-Organ."

Early Years

Noyes was born in Wolverhampton, England, the son of Alfred and Amelia Adams Noyes. When he was four, the family moved to Aberystwyth, Wales, where his father taught Latin and Greek. The Welsh coast and mountains were an early inspiration to Noyes. In 1898, he left Aberystwyth for Exeter College, Oxford, where he distinguished himself at rowing, but failed to get his degree because, on a crucial day of his finals in 1902, he was meeting his publisher to arrange publication of his first volume of poems, The Loom of Years (1902).

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  • ''Go down to Kew in lilac-time, in lilac-time, in lilac-time;
    Go down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn't far from London!)''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 33-34). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
  • ''The linnet and the throstle, too, and after dark the long halloo
    And golden-eyed tu-whit, tu-whooof owls that ogle London.''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 47-48). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
  • ''Once more La Traviata sighs
    Another sadder song:
    Once more Il Trovatore cries
    A tale of deeper wrong;''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 153-156). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
  • she cannot understand
    What she wants or why she wanders to that undiscovered land,
    For the parties there are not at all the sort of thing she planned,
    In the land where the dead d...
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 84-87). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
  • ''Yes; as the music changes,
    Like a prismatic glass,
    It takes the light and ranges
    Through all the moods that pass;''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 17-20). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
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  • Margaret Mackenzie (11/21/2007 9:57:00 AM)

    One of my favouite lyric poets, but can't find a copy of his ' cradle song of the madonna'(also seen titled 'the Madonnas' lullaby') on line..Can anyone help?

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