Rogues and Scallywags

‘Twas ever so . . .

From the beginning of time, women have often found themselves smitten, or at least intrigued, by the mystery of the “bad boy”.

Now I don’t mean a totally rotten to the core kind of guy. I’m talking about that dashing, adventurous, “Darling, let’s forget responsibility and run away to a distant shore!” kind of fellow – a pirate perhaps! ;-)

What else can explain the allure of Johnny Depp’s “Jack Sparrow” in Pirates of the Caribbean? Or the appeal of men who have made bachelorhood almost a profession – like George Clooney, Colin Farrell – and before them – Jack Nicholson, the Fonz, James Dean. The list goes on . . .

Ok, I am joking a little, here. But since it’s Valentine’s week, I’m trying to set the mood for a wonderful poem.

I’m including a link below, where you’ll hear it being read aloud. If you’re not familiar with this poem, it might seem dull at first, because the narrator’s voice sounds rather ancient. But wait! This is a love story! It’s full of drama and irony and excitement. Give it a chance!

art ©Nancy L (Timpanelli) Middleton. All rights reserved!

art ©Nancy L (Timpanelli) Middleton. All rights reserved!

I first read The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes in high school, and I still find it compelling.

The lyrical cadence, or “beat” of the poem, draws you in right away, and every line will capture your imagination!

So click the link below for a 7-minute youtube narration of the poem. Don’t let the old fella’s voice put you off – listen to the tale – and let me know if you find it spellbinding!

Click this link:
The Highwayman

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