Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Sea Fever Comments

Rating: 4.0
I must go 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,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.


Nigel Norton 11 February 2016
best read when standing at the harbour looking out to sea...
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Nishant Sharma 16 April 2015
This poem is so energetic. Gotta do something. Gotta do something.
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Sandra Feldman 19 January 2015
Blows up my emotional thermometer. I love this poem soooo much.
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Sandra Feldman 19 January 2015
My all time favorite Nautical. It has the smell and the sound of the Sea. All its attraction and Beauty!
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Roy Jillings 07 January 2015
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.
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Thomas Vaughan Jones 19 January 2014
A brilliant piece of writing. A sailor's poem by a sailor. A sailor who was a Poet Laureat. There's hope for us all yet.
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Terence George Craddock 19 January 2013
Even though this poem could not be published because of Copyright laws, we have read this alluring poem so often, that it is written into memory heart and soul; we also have a tall ship and a star to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.
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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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Esmenio Galera 31 December 2011
Well, I like the poem for its melody. I could feel the happiness of a sailor who goes to the sea because of a call of duty and love of sailing.
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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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Michael Thoms 24 March 2010
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
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Michael Thoms 21 March 2010
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
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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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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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Herman Chiu 19 January 2010
I, too, can relate. There are places and experiences I remember that I long for full-heartedly.
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Herman Chiu 19 January 2010
I can relate so well. I, too, have my full-hearted longings for some places and experiences.
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Chris Diaz 19 January 2010
this poem is great! keep up the work can everyone plz check out my work, much apreciated.
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Nadeem Ali 19 January 2010
I guess the poet is seeking a natural resort in the sea to find relief Nature is freedom
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Diana Ferrer 19 January 2010
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 =)
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Kevin Straw 19 January 2010
A perfect poem? I love the wave motion in the rhythm (like Tennyson's horses running in 'Half a league, half a league, half a league onwards...') .
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