OLQHS Literature study guide "The Highwayman"

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Be able to apply rhyme scheme to a stanza of this poem.

Tim, the ostler

Who overhears the conversation between the highwayman and Bess?

Commit a robbery

Why does the highwayman ask Bess to wait? What is he planning to do?

Bess is tied up and waiting for the highwayman

Name a detail that helps build suspense.

Cause-effect relationship

"Highwayman commits robbery, the redcoats come to the inn" is an example of this.

Tim told the redcoats

How did the redcoats know that highwayman was coming to see Bess?

He wants to get revenge

Why does the highwayman hurry back to the inn after hearing that Bess had died?

Love, betrayal, honor, and death

Possible themes of this poem

England's moor country (open rolling swamp land)

Setting of the poem

onomatopoeia

Use of words that sound like their meaning. ex. TLOT TLOT.

metaphor

Comparison of two unlike objects without using "like" or "as". Ex. "His eyes were hollows of madness."

simile

Comparison of two unlike objects using the words "like" or "as." Ex. "His hair like moldy hay." Ex. "Dumb as a dog he listened."

half rhyme

A type of rhyme that is not exact.
Ex. "He did not know who stood
Drenched in her own blood."

alliteration

Repetition of an initial consonant sound in a line of poetry. Ex. "face grew gray" Ex. "She stood straight and still."

1700's

Time setting of this narrative

King George, Redcoats

Example of allusion in this poem.

Fancy and elegant

How does the highwayman dress?

Hair like moldy hay; eyes were hallows of madness; dumb as a dog; white peaked face

Describe the person who betrays Bess.

Drink the landlords ale; tie Bess up

What do the soldiers do when they first arrive at the inn?

To warn the Highwayman

Why does Bess pull the trigger of the musket?

Bess and the Highwayman meet as ghosts

What happens at the end of the poem?

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