I learned this and other poems whilst at Secondary School (1952-1956). This was one of the poems that our Eng. Lit. Teacher enjoyed reading to us, so we could get the meter of how to read poetry. The audio of this poem is PATHETIC, so just read it how you like it to be read.
Even though this poem could not be published because of Copyright laws, we have read this alluring poem so often, that it is written into memory heart and soul; we also have a tall ship and a star to steer her by.
This is my favourite EVER poem! ! :)
It was my great-grandfather's favourite too. He taught it to my gran and her siblings when she was a kid, and when he died they had the line 'and a quiet sleep and a sweet dream' engraved on his headstone.
can anyone assist me and advise when my LP record of John Masefield reciting his poems would have been recorded, I suspect sometime in the late 50s, it is put out by caedmon records number TC1147. Mike
I note with interest the comment that the wording of the opening stanza does not include the word GO, I have the good fortune to have J M's LP record put out by Caedmon literary series produced by Plilips NZ.
Jm reads his own poems and I have just listened to it again and he clearly says' I must GO down'in every instance, this is as we taught at school also, it must be an old record, very clear, enunciation excellent, lovely to listen to, Michael Fiji
Beautiful poem, I have one about the sea as well if youd ike to comment on... =)
I feel you totally, my passion is the sea, and when your away from it for a while you MUST go back to her, its an incredible yearning isnt it? mine is called 'I miss you so (ode to the ocean' I think we can relate =)