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Sea Fever by John Masefield

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I love to read poetry. However, I've not shared any of my favourites until now! I thought I'd share one of my favourite poems: Sea Fever by John Masefield. Sit back, relax and put your poetry heads on. 

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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. 

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I take enormous amounts of strength and comfort from this poem, with its seascape imagery and rhyming couplets. There is something incredibly comforting in being afforded peace once we have weathered the most horrifying of storms and something ridiculously beautiful in the idea of sending stars to steer loved ones by in their time of need. I think it's quite an accessible poem, due to its form, so even if you aren't much of a poetry reader, I hope you can find something to like about it.

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And now, I want to know what your favourite poem is! If you're want more, check out my very own poetry


  1. This is such a pretty poem, beautiful. xx


  2. I really enjoy Carol Ann Duffy's poems. Most of them involve going on a journey whether that it literally or metaphorically. I would definelty recommend Answers and In Mrs Tilscher's Classroom x


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