Friday, January 12, 2007

The Longing ~ Sea Fever



'Sea-Fever' by John Masefield is one of Margaret's favourite poems as it is mine. It is a work of art, pulling together imagery, rhythm and complex figures of speech, that truly suggests an adventurous sail on the ocean.

l would love to go on this tall ship sailing holiday around Britain, Ireland and Norway!
Please link HERE to see the video/nice music too :)
"Sea-Fever"

I must 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 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 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.

By John Masefield (1878-1967).
(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)
~ read by Horizon HERE :)

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good on Herself!
The poet of my childhood. Actually although he served at sea he didn't like it much. It's sad he is mostly known for sea poems like Sea Fever and Christmas Eve at Sea. He was also a good novelist and if you have never read his children's book 'The Box of Delights' you have seriously missed out. Rush out today without delay and buy a copy.
Himself

LZ Blogger said...

Seems somewhat adventurous doesn't it? ~ jb///

Kentucky Gal said...

I was sitting here reading the poem, thinking, I wish Sarah would read it to us!! And lo and behold you did!!
Love YOU!!
:-D

PEA said...

Hello dear Horizon!! Maybe Blogger will let me comment today instead of eating them?? I've tried the last couple of days and had to give up! I'm going to win this war, though, and get my comment to post!!!! lol I have always had a fascination with tall ships and my favourite books to read were always historicals that involved tall ships and pirates! hehe I so enjoyed hearing you read the poem, very well done! You have such a sweet voice and love your accent:-) I hope you've stayed safe from those winds...they can be more damaging and scarier than anything else! My brothers in British Columbia have said they've been having those terrible winds and trees have been uprooted everywhere! Hugs xoxo

PEA said...

YEAAAAAAAAA it posted!! LOL Big hugs to little Sam too:-) xoxo

clairesgarden said...

cabin fever. I have it too.
everything still surviving the winds here.

Sling said...

WOW!..You,evangeline,and I all have sea faring themes posted..Great minds and all. ;)
I enjoyed this poem very much!

Sling said...

WOW!..You,evangeline,and I all have sea faring themes posted..Great minds and all. ;)
I enjoyed this poem very much!

Sling said...

WOW!..You,evangeline,and I all have sea faring themes posted..Great minds and all. ;)
I enjoyed this poem very much!

Sling said...

WOW!..You,evangeline,and I all have sea faring themes posted..Great minds and all. ;)
I enjoyed this poem very much!

Sling said...

WOW!..You,evangeline,and I all have sea faring themes posted..Great minds and all. ;)
I enjoyed this poem very much!

Sling said...

CRAP!...sorry 'bbout that :( blogger is being a butt..

Granny said...

You and Margaret follow one another alphabetically on bloglines so I saw Sea Fever on her post and then on yours.

Wonderful poem and one I've known for a long time.

Jeanette said...

Gday horizon
nice poem I wouldnt like to venture out in a tall ship I like my feet on Terra Firma. Take care

Pamela said...

Horizon, I went to the link to hear the poem "Sea Fever", by John Masefied. Then I read the words to my hubby and we enjoyed it. However, upon hearing the poem from your lips with that sweet Scottish accent of yours...we were blown away! lol

Sharon Kay said...

I love the pictures and the poem. I have always loved the water and the tall ships. Thanks for the tour........

Gwen said...

Hi Horizon.
Loved the poem especially the reading,i will let my scottie mates
listen next time they are here.
Stay Well xx

LittleJen said...

very nice poem

Kerri said...

Oh I love that poem! And to hear you reading it in your lovely melodic accent is a treat indeed. Thank you Horizon. Well done! You've just made my Sunday dear friend! xoxox

I always enjoy Himself's comments :)

Merle said...

Hi Horizon ~~ Yhat was a real treat -
thank you so much. I learnt Sea Fever in 1947 when for English, we actually had a lovely English lady who read it to us. But I loved your Scottish accent as
I had an Scottish boarder here for awhile and I loved to listen to his voice. Thanks for your visit, glad you liked the jokes and marriage rules.
Take care, dear Sarah, and get some rest, Love, Merle.

Nancy said...

I really enjoyed the poem. My husband and I are quite fond of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises and this will be a lovely addition to my scrapbooks.

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Margaret said...

Hi, I did love that reading, that is how "Sea Fever" should sound. I have some very dear friends , as well as my deceased mother in law had that beautiful lilting accent.
Cheers Margaret

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