The poem adds that "there was death at every window" as King George's troops arrive at the inn and wait for the highwayman, tying up Bess to lure him there. However, this personification of death indicates that someone will die and that it is a terrible thing that King George's troops are present to apprehend the highwayman. This shows that even though the highwayman is not really alive, he does not deserve to be killed because there is a greater evil in the world than he could ever be.
This personification can be compared to other figures of speech such as metaphors and similes which also compare one thing to another similar thing. For example, when talking about someone who is dead, we sometimes say that they have "gone to their eternal rest". This means that they are now with God and will never suffer again.
Death is an important part of life no matter what kind of person you are because everyone dies at some point. A person who lives a full life will often say that they have "lived while they were alive" because being alive is a great gift and they should use it before it is too late.
Even though the highwayman is not really alive, he still deserves dignity even after his death because there are people in real need of help and only killing him would be wrong.
"The Highwayman" is a romantic ballad, which implies it's a narrative poetry about love and adventure. The poem, set in King George III's England, relates the narrative of a highwayman, or robber, who falls in love with Bess, an innkeeper's lovely daughter. He tries to win her heart but she loves another. Disappointed, he goes on his way until finally forced to rob two more people to pay for an invitation to dinner with Bess and her father. There, when asked why he steals, he confesses that he does it because he needs to fight every time for Bess' love.
Love is what drives "The Highwayman." He wants to win Bess' heart but she loves another. So he decides to go out into the world and become a highwayman so he can fight for Bess' love. While robbing two travelers, he is caught by police and sentenced to death. But before he dies, he asks Bess to marry him. She agrees, and they live happily ever after.
This poem is known for its beautiful language and memorable lines such as: "She was like sunshine after rain". "The Highwayman" has been interpreted by many artists including Henry Purcell, Fred Astaire, and Peggy Lee.
When Bess hears the highwayman approaching, she shoots herself to warn him; he hears the gunshot and flees. However, the soldiers chase him and murder him as well. The poem is remarkable for the way it flips our preconceptions about light and dark images. Usually, we think of darkness as being dangerous; but here, darkness is safe because only the highwayman would be on the road at that time of night.
Bess saves the highwayman's life by shooting herself so he can escape. But what happens if she doesn't shoot herself? Would the highwayman still flee? Or would he avenge his death by killing her too? This is where our assumptions about good and evil come in. Most people believe that if someone else didn't kill the highwayman then they could never be bad enough to deserve death. But this isn't true! If Bess hadn't shot herself, then she would have been dead and the highwayman would have had no reason to fear retribution from her family. So in reality, she deserves to die because there is no good reason for living if you're going to keep yourself safe from harm.
Nowadays, we assume that suicide is a sin because it shows lack of faith in God. But back in the day, people believed that suicide was an act of courage after hearing Bess's warning, so they made the same assumption about her.
A Synopsis of The Highwayman The poem expresses the highwayman's undying love for his lady. It also shows how easy one may accept death for the sake of love. The speaker tells the narrative of a highwayman who falls in love with Bess, the landlord's daughter. Although she loves another man, he cannot die until she does. So the highwayman agrees to wait until after her father dies. When Bess's lover returns from the war dead, the highwayman shoots him to save her pain.
The highwayman's speech is written in iambic pentameter, which is the meter used for English poetry. It is difficult to understand because it is not natural language but rather rhyming couplets. However, the speaker's emotions are clear from his tone of voice and the audience would have understood his love story well.
Highwaymen were common figures in early 17th-century England. They operated mainly on major roads near towns and cities. Their main weapon was a pistol, although some men carried swords as well. They would stop wealthy travelers in order to rob them. If caught, many people would agree to give up their money rather than be beaten or killed by the robber.
After which, he never stops loving her.
Bess was originally a nickname that developed into a surname. It may come from "besom," a wooden scoop used to sweep dust out of houses. Or it could be based on the sound of the letter "b" as it is written with two lines instead of one. No one is sure how or when this nickname became attached to a female given name. However, records show that Bess first appeared in English literature in 1350. She has been ever since one of the most popular names for girls throughout history.
Bess has been listed as the most popular girl's name in the United States since the 1970s. It was also the most popular name for baby girls in 2015.
In Europe, Bess was the most popular name for girls between 1850 and 1890. Since then it has been replaced by Ellen as the most popular name for girls. In 2016, it was again Bess who topped the list of most popular names for babies born in Britain.
Bess has been used as a first name by women alone or in combination with other names.