Selected Poems Paperback – 1 Jan 1984
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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 book has a fine selection of his work. Well worth getting to know.
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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.
Much prefer his land poems are better, There one or two notable omissions.