John Masefield Sea Fever Quote

John Masefield Sea Fever Quote

"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 grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking."

-John Masefield, "Sea Fever"

John Edward Masefield led a rich and interesting life - journeying from his native England to the United States at the turn of the century to work in a New York carpet factory before the ocean called him back home again. The sway of the waves remained firmly entrenched in his spirit long after returning to England, however, because his noteworthy poetry career often gave a favorable literary nod to the seafaring life. "Sea Fever," perhaps his best-known poem, expounds on the fierce joy and allure of a day - or longer - at sea, and pays tribute to the "vagrant, gypsy life" often enjoyed by fellow merchant seamen of the era.

Masefield would go on to receive the honorable title of Britan's Poet Laureate in 1930, due in no small part to the beautiful cadence of his writing and poetry.

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