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Alfred Noyes
CBE
Portrait of Alfred Noyes, by Alexander Bassano, 1922
Portrait of Alfred Noyes, by Alexander Bassano, 1922
Born (1880-09-16)16 September 1880
Wolverhampton, England
Died 25 June 1958(1958-06-25) (aged 77)
Isle of Wight
Resting place Totland
Occupation Poet
Nationality English
Alma mater Exeter College, Oxford
Period 1902–1958
Subject English
Notable works "The Highwayman"
"The Barrel-Organ"
Notable awards D.Litt., Yale University, 1913
CBE, 1918
Spouse Garnett Daniels (1907–1926)
Mary Angela Mayne (1927–1958)
Children Hugh
Veronica
Margaret

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Alfred Noyes CBE (16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958) was an English poet, short-story writer and playwright.

Early years

Noyes was born in Wolverhampton, England the son of Alfred and Amelia Adams Noyes. When he was four, the family moved to Aberystwyth, Wales, where his father taught Latin and Greek. The Welsh coast and mountains were an inspiration to Noyes.

Works

Poetry

  • The Loom of Years (1902)
  • The Flower of Old Japan (1903)
  • The Forest of Wild Thyme (1905)
  • The Highwayman (1906)
  • Drake (1906–08)
  • Forty Singing Seamen and Other Poems (1907)
  • The Golden Hynde (1908)
  • Tales of the Mermaid Tavern (1913)
  • Watchers of the Sky (1922)
  • The Book of Earth (1925)
  • The Last Voyage (1930)
  • Shadows on the Down (1941)
  • Collected Poems (1950)
  • Daddy Fell into the Pond (1952)
  • A Letter to Lucian (1956)

Other works

  • William Morris (1908) Biography.
  • Rada (1914) Drama.
  • Walking Shadow (1906) Short Stories.
  • The Hidden Player (1924) Short Stories.
  • Some Aspects of Modern Poetry (1924) Criticism.
  • The Opalescent Parrot (1929) Criticism.
  • The Return of the Scare-Crow (The Sun Cure in America) (1929) Novel.
  • The Unknown God (1934) Intellectual Autobiography.
  • Orchard's Bay (1936) Essays.

Voltaire (1936) Biography

  • The Last Man (1940) Novel.
  • Pageant of Letters (1940) Criticism.
  • The Secret of Pooduck Island (1943) Children's story.
  • Two Worlds for Memory (1953) Autobiography.
  • The Devil Takes A Holiday (1955) Novel.
  • The Accusing Ghost (1957)

Films based on Noyes' works

  • Dick Turpin's Ride

Songs based on Noyes' works

  • Eight songs set by to music by Elgar in the 1924 Pageant of Empire
  • Bacchus and the Pirates (Michael Brough)
  • Everywhere (1987 music video by Fleetwood Mac)
  • Madrigals Book XI Carmina Silvicola (Clive Strutt)
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