In the first part of the ballad by Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman is a fellow who rides on horseback, holding up travelers at gunpoint to rob them. Along the way, he stops by an inn to see his sweetheart, Bess. She shows her love for him while meeting at the window, braiding a red ribbon through her hair in the shape of a love knot.
The poem continues in captivating twists and turns but sadly does not lead to a happily-ever-after for Bess and the Highwayman.
Try It: Love Knot Poetry
Consider the braid Bess created and its symbolic gesture. If you were to make your own love knot, what would it look like? What colors weave through the twists and loops? Is it deliciously tangled and a little mussed up, or is it an artful form of long threads spun and intertwined? Who is the love in your knot?
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a poem we enjoyed from Prasanta:
Horizon: Drawing Lines
If you draw a line there
And I draw a line here
What do we draw beneath and above ourselves
Are we walking toward the same inimitable sunset
If you put a tree there, and I put a tree here
Can we rest under the same shade
We see one other, walking in parallel
Is the chasm between us too wide
For our hands to reach
If I draw a line here, and you draw a line there,
We still breathe the same air—
I wonder, can we meet on the road, somewhere.
Photo by Peter Pham. Creative Commons via Flickr.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland