John Masefield

John Masefield


Born
in Ledbury, Herefordshire, The United Kingdom
June 01, 1878

Died
May 12, 1967

Genre


Masefield was born in Ledbury, a rural area in England to George Masefield, a solicitor and Caroline. His mother died giving birth to his sister when Masefield was only 6 and he went to live with his aunt. His father died soon after. 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 the HMS Conway, both to train for a life at sea, and to break his addiction to reading, of which his Aunt thought little. He spent several years aboard this ship and found that he could spend much of his time reading and writing. It was aboard the Conway that Masefield’s love for story-telling grew.

In 1894, Masefield boarded the Gilcruix, destined for Chile. H
...more

Average rating: 3.93 · 4,599 ratings · 419 reviews · 209 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Box Of Delights

3.96 avg rating — 2,497 ratings — published 1935 — 34 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Midnight Folk

3.84 avg rating — 828 ratings — published 1927 — 24 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sea Fever: Selected Poems

by
4.23 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Salt-Water Poems and Ballads

by
3.77 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1916 — 18 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Bird of Dawning

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1933 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sard Harker

3.85 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1924 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jim Davis

3.53 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1911 — 37 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Gallipoli

3.65 avg rating — 20 ratings41 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Live and Kicking Ned: A Con...

3.69 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1939 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Dead Ned

3.86 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1938 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by John Masefield…
The Midnight Folk The Box Of Delights
(2 books)
by
3.93 avg rating — 3,325 ratings

Odtaa. Sard Harker The Taking of the Gry
(3 books)
by
3.81 avg rating — 26 ratings

(2 books)
by
liked it 3.00 avg rating — 5 ratings

“The days that make us happy make us wise.”
John Masefield

“Life, a beauty chased by tragic laughter.”
John Masefield, King Cole

Sea-fever

I must 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 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 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, Sea Fever: Selected Poems

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Book Geeks and B...: New week, new month 18 18 May 08, 2012 06:56AM  
You'll love this ...: May 2012 Challenge - "M's" the Word 166 88 Jun 10, 2012 12:47AM  
Book Nook Cafe: Poetry - 466 250 Nov 27, 2012 07:46AM  
The Next Best Boo...: This topic has been closed to new comments. The Title Game 20481 14076 May 30, 2013 12:53PM  
Bright Young Things: The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (2014 Reading Challenge) 51 44 Jul 21, 2014 04:09AM  
Goodreads Choice ...: Guardian's Top 10 in Books 5 79 Dec 22, 2014 09:22AM  
What's the Name o...: Fantasy story where boy can talk to animals 10 263 May 03, 2017 02:05PM