Wednesday, May 25, 2011
(John Masefield, poet laureate, 1930-1967)
John Masefield (1878-1967) was appointed by George V and served thirty-seven years; only Tennyson held the post longer.
To many, Masefield was known best for his nautical verses, poems like “Cargoes” and “Sea-Fever,” with its famous first line, “I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky.” Surprisingly, he had spent only a few years as a youth in the merchant marine, deserting ship because of his constant seasickness.
Masefield went on to write a great variety of poems, including narratives from mythology, and plays and popular children’s novels.
I have seen flowers come in stony places
And kind things done by men with ugly faces,
And the gold cup won by the worst horse at the races,
So I trust, too.