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John Masefield, 1878-1967: Selected Poems

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About the Author

Masefield was born in Ledbury, Herefordshire, where he had an idyllic early childhood. At 16 he went to sea in the merchant navy, but soon left the navy for two years of wandering in America. Back in England he published his 'Salt-Water Ballads'in 1902. It was a confident beginning, and the books that followed earned him a wide readership; his 'Collected Poems'eventually sold 200,000 copies. In 1930 he succeeded his friend Robert Bridges as Poet Laureate.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Pr (June 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085635502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856355028
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,316,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating compilation by one of the 20th Century's most memorable poets (British Poet Laureate from 1930-67). Testifies to the rugged durability of his evocative poetic gift. Especially nice about this volume are the range and depth of Masefield's best poetry, which spurred me to begin re-reading him and other great poets of his day (Thomas Hardy, W.B.Yeats, Frost,Walter de la Mare, Edwin Arlington Robinson, etc.). Most of the best output is early in his career (Salt Water Ballads, Dauber, Lollingdon Downs,Everlasting Mercy), the poem Sea Fever being the most representative of his genius for making nature come alive in mind and spirit. To summarize Masefield's poetic legacy: 'He writes as freshly as possible bringing us back to a marvel of sustained versecraft, leaping gaps of time and tide, reminding us of the immediacy of nature, especially tales of the open sea with a vitality and purity of resonance still affecting audiences in the 21st Century. If you have a love of the Sea, this book and Masefield's poems will whisk you there for a journey. Bon Voyage!
One of Masefield's last poems (excerpt): Musicians, painters, poets of when/Who made the world more lovely then/The story-tellers beyond price,/Bringing the news from Paradise/Those from whose handiwork we see/Horizons in eternity.
Now that my roving days are over,/And all my frontiers stop at Dover/I think of what Life used to mean/When all these artists trod the scene/And Life was in myself with them/In Troy, in Greece, and Bethlehem.
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This is the perfect book for anyone interested in this poet's work. It has a variety of his nautical and arthurian poems. His poems about the sea and England are beautiful and full of rich textures. It is one of my personal favorites.
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I had forgotten that Masefield wrote SO nuch about the sea.
Much prefer his land poems are better, There one or two notable omissions.
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Format: Hardcover
classic poems
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