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Alfred Noyes
Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), English poetAlfred Noyes (September 16, 1880 June 28, 1958) was an English poet, best known for his ballads The Highwayman (1906) and The Barrel Organ. Born in Wolverhampton, England, he was the son of Alfred and Amelia Adams Noyes. Noyes attended Exeter College, Oxford, leaving before he had earned a degree. At 21 years of age, he published his first collection of poems, The Loom Years. From 1903 to 1908, Noyes published five volumes of poetry books, including The Forest of Wild Thyme and The Flower of Old Japan and Other Poems. In 1907, he married Garnett Daniels. He was given the opportunity to teach English literature at Princeton University, where he taught from 1914 until 1923. Noyes' wife died in 1926, resulting in his conversion to Roman Catholicism. He wrote about his conversion in The Unknown God, published in 1934. Noyes later married Mary Angela Mayne Weld-Blundell, from an old recusant Catholic family from Ince Blundell in Lancashire. They settled at Lisle Combe, near Ventnor on the Isle of Wight and had three children: Henry, Veronica, and Margaret. His younger daughter married Michael Nolan (later Lord Nolan) in 1953. He later started dictating his work as a result of increasing blindness. In 1953, his autobiography, Two Worlds for Memory, was published. Noyes died at the age of 77 and was buried on the Isle of Wight. He authored around sixty books, including poetry volumes, novels, and short stories. Noyes' poetry supports patriotism and war heroes, reflects his appreciation for nature, his respect for explorers of the scientific world, and his faith in God.

the highwayman
 
 
The wind was a torrent of darkness upon the gusty trees,
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