Sea Fever – John Masefield (Powerful Life Poetry)

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John Masefield was an English seaman, writer and Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 to 1967.

Here in his most treasured poem, the former sailor reminisces about his times at sea as he yearns to break out of his present situation and return to the adventurous life he once led.

Full Poem:

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.

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;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

John Masefield (1878 – 1967)

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  1. *If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.*

    Gail Sheehy
    Wish you a very successful day!

    • What a lovely poem and great quote! Wishing everybody who is reading this a very successful week.

  2. Amazing voice and the poem has such a beautiful rhythm and flow to it, similar to a calm sea. Thank you for this very much, and may you and anyone else reading this comment have a marvellous day, week, year.

  3. What a great poet John Masefield was. It shows in this wonderful seafaring poem beautifully crafted, it’s almost like you’re there on the high seas.

  4. All you gotta do is start doing, take action! Your dreams will be achieved.

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    • 👏 Admirable sentiments, well expressed. I wish you all success in your new endeavour. Kind regards from England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿.

  6. It’s a warm wind, the west wind,
    full of birds’ cries; I never hear the west wind but tears are in my eyes. For it comes from the west lands, the old brown hills. And April’s in the west wind, and daffodils.
    (John Masefield).

  7. That was, quite interesting poem, I did enjoyed it he certainly had a sea fever.

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