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 as ... more »
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- Sea Fever
- On Growing Old
- A Creed
- A Ballad of John Silver
- A Wanderer's Song
- The West Wind
- Sea Change
- An Epilogue
- On Eastnor Knoll
- Lollingdon Downs VIII
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'When freezing aloft in a snorter, I tell you I wishJohn Masefield (1878-1967), British poet. Sea Change (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936)...
(Though maybe it ain't like a Christian)MI wish I could be
A haughty old copper-bound albatross dipping for fish
''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...
''I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,John Masefield (1878-1967), British poet. Sea Fever (l. 1-2). . . Modern American & British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed., in consultation with Ka...
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,''
''Out of the earth to rest or rangeJohn Masefield (1878-1967), British poet. The Passing Strange (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch...
Perpetual in perpetual change,
The unknown passing through the strange.''
''Since moons decay and suns decline,John Masefield (1878-1967), British poet. The Passing Strange (l. 46-47). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Cou...
How else should end this life of mine?''
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