The Highway Man vs Romeo and Juliet

So, I was listening to The Highwayman by Loreena McKennitt (poem by Alfred Noyes) and I was just thinking about how beautiful the poem is. I have loved it since I was a little girl. My Daddyboy would read it to me from the Childrens Verse of Poems books we had. This poem is dreadfully tragic but I feel it shows true love.
Some would argue that Romeo and Juliet is the most tragically romantic story but I disagree. There is nothing romantic about Romeo and Juliet. Allow me to go on a little rant. I hate Romeo and Juliet. Two high schoolers fall in lust (yes, lust. They met each other once, with no real conversation and they were all gaga over each other). Then they kill themselves when they think the other is dead. Killing yourself because the person you love is “dead” is ridiculous. And the person who is “dead” would never want the other person to do such a thing. They would want you to live out your life. Is it sad two kids ended up dead because two families were fighting? Sure. But it isn’t romantic. And don’t get me wrong. I think highschoolers can fall in love . . . but I think high school love is a very fickle thing and it lasting is rare. I can’t tell you how crazy it makes me when students tell me they are getting married right after high school or during high school. People change so much out of high school. Give yourself a chance to find out who you are. Love and marriage is hard work. Okay I’m gonna stop now on this one because I could go on and on forever about it. Ha ha.
Back to my discussion. The Highway man is about two adults who have been in love for some time. She shoots herself to warn him (to save his life). He becomes a mad man and rides into death to avenge her. They don’t kill themselves. They risk death to save/ defend the person they love. That to me is love. Selflessness. It isn’t about them feeling sad that someone they met like two days ago died. Anyway, I love the Highwayman. I kind of want to write a play for it. Hmmmm . . . maybe I should write a play for it. I am now intrigued. : )

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