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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Fyfield Books (1 Jan. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085635502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856355028
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,524,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is not the best version of Masefield's 'Selected Poems'. Let me explain. Masefield's essential contribution to English literature was a series of seven substantial narrative poems written between 1911 and 1921 and set in contemporary England. Quite apart from some deeply felt descriptive passages, they have a narrative verve and strength of feeling that sweep the reader along. They showed, more decisively (perhaps) than any other verse of the time, that colloquial English could be used for poetry and that Victorian poeticism was dead. The trouble with this selection by the respected literary historian Donald Stanford is that it gives only two of the major poems, and uses the space saved to give us a quantity of much weaker later work. One almost feels that Stanford wished to replace the gutsy Masefield of 'The Everlasting Mercy' with Masefield the heir of the minor Victorians. This makes it a less satisfactory edition than the 'Selected Poems' published by Heinemann in 1978, which includes five of the major poems and a more judicious selection of the later work. It has long been out of print, but can be found secondhand.
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Now better know for his two choldrens' books (The Box of Delights & The Midnight Folk), hn asefield held one of teh most prestigious posts a poet can hold,namely Poet Laureate to the British Crown.
This book has a fine selection of his work. Well worth getting to know.
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delighted with the purchase, and delivered quickly, cheers.Joe
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5.0 out of 5 stars I MUST GO DOWN TO THE SEA AGAIN AND AGAIN 30 Nov. 2000
By Brentley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars John Masefield Selected Poems 8 Feb. 2000
By tal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Much prefer his land poems are better, There one or two notable omissions 10 July 2016
By bob phoenix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 19 July 2014
By ollientn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
classic poems
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