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(1 June 1878 – 12 May 1967 / Herefordshire / England)

John Masefield
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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".

Life

Early Life

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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  • 'When freezing aloft in a snorter, I tell you I wish—
    (Though maybe it ain't like a Christian)MI wish I could be
    A haughty old copper-bound albatross dipping for fish
    And com...
    John Masefield (1878-1967), British poet. Sea Change (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936)...
  • ''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,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,''
    John Masefield (1878-1967), British poet. Sea Fever (l. 1-2). . . Modern American & British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed., in consultation with Ka...
  • ''Out of the earth to rest or range
    Perpetual in perpetual change,
    The unknown passing through the strange.''
    John Masefield (1878-1967), British poet. The Passing Strange (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch...
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  • Margaret Craft (1/19/2014 4:02:00 PM)

    I painted I must go Down to the sea again on the top of a beach house wall. It amazed me how many people had never heard of the poem or the poet.
    I grew up in a family of individuals who all loved poetry. We read to each other, helped each other memorize poems, wrote poems and never realized how different our family was. I was so fortunate.

  • Samra Haq (2/27/2012 8:08:00 PM)

    Very interesting poem by the title of Sea Fever. Which made that me think that as if I was in a ship.Pls see my poem.

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  • Farah Ilyas (5/14/2011 3:25:00 AM)

    very nice...........................................

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