John Gillespie Magee (9 June 1922 – 11 December 1941 / Shanghai)
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was an American aviator and poet who died as a result of a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire during World War II. He was serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, which he joined before the United States officially entered the war. He is most famous for his poem "High Flight."
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was born in Shanghai, China, to an American father and a British mother who worked as Anglican missionaries. His father, John Magee Senior, was from a family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania of some wealth and influence—there is the Pittsburgh Magee Hospital and the Magee Building. Magee Senior, disregarding family wealth, chose to ... more »
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- High Flight (an Airman's Ecstasy)
- Per Ardua
- Sonnet To Rupert Brooke
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Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,John Gillespie Magee (c. 1922-1941), U.S.-born pilot with Royal Canadian Air Force. High Flight (written 1941). first and last lines of the sonnet...
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings ...
And while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high, untrespassed sanctity of sp...