Sea Fever Poem by John Masefield

Sea Fever

Rating: 4.0

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Sara Fielder 19 January 2012

A must read for all sailors. This poem defines how we feel so perfectly. If you ARE a sailor please read Ode to Diana.

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Jeanne Miner 06 February 2010

This has a serious misquote. All stanzas begin, 'I must down to the seas again.' There's no 'go.'

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Jack Durham 07 December 2021

Listen to Masefield reciting it himself. He altered the text to include the word 'go.' As long as the three stanzas read the same, it makes no odds. Don't get hung up on it.

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John Howe 15 February 2010

It reminds me of my boyhood and I can smell the sea and hear the gulls when I read it

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Elisabeth Bowman 07 May 2010

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.

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as a child, as a teenager I returned again and again to read this exquisite amazing poem; be warned reading a poem like this can lead to a desire to write poetry

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Sandra Feldman 24 April 2024

A must poem for everyone! and if you don't love Poetry, after this it must be because you are not really totally alive.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 24 April 2024

5 Stars for this beautiful poem

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Sylvia Frances Chan 24 April 2024

It beautifully captures the allure of the sea and the universal yearning for adventure and exploration

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Sylvia Frances Chan 24 April 2024

a sailor's adventurous lifestyle and their deep connection to the sea. The poem's lyrical composition, repeated refrain, and poetic devices make it perfect for both reading aloud and solitary reflection.

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John Masefield

John Masefield

Herefordshire / England
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