John Edward Masefield, OM, was an English poet and writer, and Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 until his death in 1967. He is remembered as the author of the classic children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, and poems, including "The Everlasting Mercy" and "Sea-Fever".
Masefield was born in Ledbury in Herefordshire, to Caroline and George Masefield, a solicitor. His mother died giving birth to his sister when Masefield was only six, and he went to live with his aunt. His father died soon after following a mental breakdown. After an unhappy education at the King's School in Warwick (now known... more »
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- Sea Fever
- On Growing Old
- A Creed
- A Ballad of John Silver
- A Wanderer's Song
- Sea Change
- The West Wind
- Night Is On The Downland
- An Epilogue
- On Eastnor Knoll
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''I must down to the seas again for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.''John Masefield (1874-1967), British poet, playwright. "Sea Fever," st. 2, Salt-Water Ballads (1902). The line appears as "I must go down to the se...
''Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult.''John Masefield (1874-1967), British poet, playwright. The Tragedy of Nan, preface (1908).
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