Masefield, John. (1878 - 1967).
W o r k
P o e t r y :
- preoccupied with the variety, wilderness, and desolation of the sea
- uses inventive and original sea-language
> appointed Poet Laureate (1930 - 1967)
Salt-Water Ballads (1902):
- his first collection of poems
> "Sea Fever":
- one of the most commonly cited and anthologized poems of the time
The Everlasting Mercy (1910):
- a long narrative poem
Reynard the Fox (1919):
- a narrative poem criticizing fox hunting
F i c t i o n :
The Midnight Folk (1927):
- a children's fantasy novel
The Box of Delights (1935):
- a sequel of the former
D r a m a :
- mostly on Christian themes
The Coming of Christ (1928):
- the first play to be performed in an English cathedral since the Middle Ages
"Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir, / Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine, / With a cargo of ivory, / And apes and peacocks, / Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine."
From "Cargoes" (1903).
AuthorJohn Edward Masefield. (1878 - 1967). British.
WorkPoet. Playwright. Novelist. Author of sea poems.
GenresGeorgian poetry. Children's novel. Christian play.
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