Category Archives: Masefield (John)

Imagining Little Ocean’s Future

Looking for the literary significance of my latest grandchild, I turn to Walcott, Whitman, Masefield, Coleridge, and Byron. What emerges is a mystical seeker.

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O Christ Who Drives the Furrow Straight

John Masefield’s poem “Everlasting Mercy” (1911) uses powerful fertility image to capture the spirit of Christian redemption in this Good Friday poem.

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The Lonely Sea and the Sky

The spirit of Maryland’s overnight Governor’s Cup sailboat race is captured in John Masefield’s well known “Sea Fever.”

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I Must Down to the Seas Again

I can imagine my student sailor liking John Masefield’s “Sea Fever.” She knows what it’s like to give oneself over to “the gull’s way and the whale’s way” and how the wind can feel like a whetted knife.

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