Literary terms in "The Highwayman"

By: Kaitlin Haase

Similies

"Dumb as a dog he listened" stanza 4 part 1

This is a simile because, it uses the word like. It also is comparing Tim to being as dumb as a dog meaning he was listening very well.


"...hours crawled by like years" stanza 4 part 2

This is a simile because it is comparing how the hours were going by so slow it felt like years and the sentence used like to compare them.

Metaphors

"The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas" stanza 1 part 1

This is a metaphor because, it is comparing the moon to a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas without using like or as. It is directly saying that the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy sea.


"The road was a ribbon of moonlight..." stanza 1 part 1

This is a metaphor because, it is comparing the road to a ribbon of moonlight which means the road was reflecting light off the moon and the road and moo were the only forms of light on that night.

Alliteration

"Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard" stanza 3 part 1

This shows alliteration because it used the words,cobbles, clattered, and clashed which all star with the same letter and are all used in the same sentence.

Vivid Imagery

"The highwayman came riding up to the old inn-door" staza 1 part 1

This imagery because, it is telling the reader that the highwayman is riding on a horse up to an inn door. It helps paint a picture in the reader's head on what the highwayman is doing.