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    Sea Fever

    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,
    And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
    And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a gray dawn breaking.

    I must go 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 go 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.

    John Masefield

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    A great poem.

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    I really like John Masefield

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    Sea Fever, along with Trees by Joyce Kilmer, was my introduction to poetry. I was probably ten years old when I first read them (and had to memorize them as part of school work), and I have a soft spot in my heart for them. They may not be great poems, but to me they resonate, and I can still recite them word for word.

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    Sea Fever is acutally by John Masefield

    While ther Internet can be mistaken and miscrdeit things, here are seveal different soruces which back this fact up.

    http://www.bartleby.com/103/98.html

    http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/14195-Joh...ield-Sea-Fever

    http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/G.../SeaFever.html

    http://theotherpages.org/poems/masef01.html

    http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/john_masefield

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    It's interesting how poets can become identified with one poem only. John Masefield is an example; so is Alfred Joyce Kilmer. Masefield wrote many poems, but Sea Fever seems to be the only poem in which he is associated. Alfred Joyce Kilmer was a prolific poet but Trees is the one poem for which he is known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Muse View Post
    Sea Fever is acutally by John Masefield

    While ther Internet can be mistaken and miscrdeit things, here are seveal different soruces which back this fact up.

    http://www.bartleby.com/103/98.html

    http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/14195-Joh...ield-Sea-Fever

    http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/G.../SeaFever.html

    http://theotherpages.org/poems/masef01.html

    http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/john_masefield
    I like the poems on the links you've provided. It's a great resource this thread.

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    Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jermac View Post
    Sea Fever, along with Trees by Joyce Kilmer, was my introduction to poetry. I was probably ten years old when I first read them (and had to memorize them as part of school work), and I have a soft spot in my heart for them. They may not be great poems, but to me they resonate, and I can still recite them word for word.
    LOL I am such an idot I just now realized that I belive I have misread your post at first, and thought you were trying to attribute Sea Fever to Joyce Kilmer.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Once the Pacific

    The shattered water made a misty din.
    Great waves looked over others coming in,
    And thought of doing something to the shore
    That water never did to land before.
    The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
    Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
    You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
    The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
    The cliff in being backed by continent;
    It looked as if a night of dark intent
    Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
    Someone had better be prepared for rage.
    There would be more than ocean-water broken
    Before God's last 'Put out the Light' was spoken.

    ~Robert Frost

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Wow, I absolutely love this thread! I love poems, but poems about the sea are my favorite! Thank you so much!

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    Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

    Wild Nights! Wild Nights!
    Were I with thee,
    Wild Nights should be
    Our luxury!
    Futile the winds
    To a heart in port,
    Done with the compass,
    Done with the chart!

    Rowing in Eden!
    Ah! the sea!
    Might I but moor
    To-night in Thee

    ~Emily Dickinson

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Break, Break, Break

    Break, break, break,
    On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
    And I would that my tongue could utter
    The thoughts that arise in me.

    O, well for the fisherman's boy,
    That he shouts with his sister at play!
    O, well for the sailor lad,
    That he sings in his boat on the bay!

    And the stately ships go on
    To their haven under the hill;
    But O for the touch of a vanished hand,
    And the sound of a voice that is still!

    Break, break, break,
    At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
    But the tender grace of a day that is dead
    Will never come back to me.

    ~Tennyson

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Ballards of the Sea

    Love this poem. rythmn & rhyme - excellent.

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    Yes, I am a big fan of Tennyson

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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