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John Masefield

Date de naissance: 1. juin 1878
Date de décès: 12. mai 1967

John Edward Masefield est un poète et romancier britannique, poète lauréat de 1930 à 1967, membre de l'ordre du mérite britannique. Il est notamment connu du public francophone pour ses récits de mer comme La Course du thé . Wikipedia

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„I must down to the sea 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.“

—  John Masefield

The first line is often misquoted as "I must go down to the seas again." and this is the wording used in the song setting by John Ireland. I disagree with this last point. The poet himself was recorded reading this and he definitely says "seas". The first line should read, 'I must down ...' not, 'I must go down ...' The original version of 1902 reads 'I must down to the seas again'. In later versions, the author inserted the word 'go'.

Salt-Water Ballads (1902), "Sea-Fever"

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