Who is John Masefield

John Edward Masefield (; 1 June 1878 – 12 May 1967) was an English poet and writer, and Poet Laureate from 1930 until 1967. Among his best known works are the children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, and the poems The Everlasting Mercy and "Sea-Fever".


Early life

Masefield was born in Ledbury in Herefordshire, to George Masefield, a solicitor, and his wife Caroline. His mother died giving birth to his sister when Masefield was six and he went to live with his aunt. His father died soon afterwards, following a mental breakdown. After an unhappy education at the King's School in Warwick (now known as Warwick School), where he was a boarder between 1888 and 1891, he left to board HMS Conway, both to train for a life at ...
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John Masefield Poems

  • On Eastnor Knoll
    Silent are the woods, and the dim green boughs are
    Hushed in the twilight: yonder, in the path through
    The apple orchard, is a tired plough-boy
    Calling the cows home. ...
  • The Yarn Of The Loch Achray
    The Loch Achray was a clipper tall
    With seven-and-twenty hands in all.
    Twenty to hand and reef and haul,
    A skipper to sail and mates to bawl ...
  • A Night At Dago Tom's
    Oh yesterday, I t'ink it was, while cruisin' down the street,
    I met with Bill. "Hullo," he says, "let's give the girls a treat."
    We'd red bandanas round our necks 'n' our shrouds new rattled down,
    So we filled a couple of Santy Cruz and cleared for Sailor Town. ...
  • On Growing Old
    Be with me, Beauty, for the fire is dying;
    My dog and I are old, too old for roving.
    Man, whose young passion sets the spindrift flying,
    Is soon too lame to march, too cold for loving. ...
  • A Creed
    I hold that when a person dies
    His soul returns again to earth;
    Arrayed in some new flesh-disguise
    Another mother gives him birth. ...
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Sea 20 Red 17 Beauty 15 White 15 Earth 14 Long 14 Green 13 Home 12 Sky 12 Fire 12

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Vg123e: at the beginning of this year i read again, ….delightful book by john masefield, called the box of delights-a feature of this box was that it allowed one to travel swiftly, and to make oneself very small. what my cousin rightly told..”go read the book”
Art4brains: john masefield poet laureate 1930 portfolio xmas bookman
Deagle110: sea fever by john masefield ....i must go 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;
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