English poet and novelist, known for the prominence of seafaring themes in his work. (He went to sea as a boy, but gave it up before he was twenty; according to one account because he was ironically a martyr to seasickness.) Poet Laureate from 1930 to 1967.

His best-known poem is indubitably "Sea-Fever"[1], which begins:

 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

As a novelist, he is probably most widely known for his children's fantasy novels, The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights. The Box of Delights was adapted into a six-part TV miniseries.

John Masefield's works provide examples of:


  1. It was quoted in Star Trek TOS, for the curious
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