George opposite the large Waterworks Tower that dominated that ridge. I do not allege any significance in the relation of the two buildings; and I indignantly deny that the church was chosen because it needed the whole water-power of West London to turn me into a Christian. Nevertheless, the great Waterworks Tower was destined to play its part in my life, as I shall narrate on a subsequent page; but that story is connected with my own experiences, whereas my birth as I have said is an incident which I accept, like some poor ignorant peasant, only because it has been handed down to me by oral tradition.
His mother died giving birth to his sister when Masefield was only six, and he went to live with his aunt. His father died soon after following a mental breakdown. He spent several years aboard this ship and found that he could spend much of his time reading and writing. While on the ship, he listened to the stories told about sea lore.
He continued to read, and felt that he was to become a writer and story teller himself. 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.
From "Sea-Fever", in Salt-Water Ballads  InMasefield boarded the Gilcruix, destined for Chile — this first voyage bringing him the experience of sea sickness. He recorded his experiences while sailing through the extreme weather, his journal entries reflecting a delight in seeing flying fish, porpoises, and birds, and was awed by the beauty of nature, including a rare sighting of a nocturnal rainbow on his voyage.
On reaching Chile, Masefield suffered from sunstroke and was hospitalised. He eventually returned home to England as a passenger aboard a steam ship. InMasefield returned to sea on a windjammer destined for New York City. However, the urge to become a writer and the hopelessness of life as a sailor overtook him, and in New York, he deserted ship.
He lived as a vagrant for several months, drifting between odd jobs, eventually finding work as an assistant to a bar keeper, before finally returning to New York City.
Since then poetry has been the one deep influence in my life, and to my love of poetry I owe all my friends, and the position I now hold.
Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days, With a cargo of Tyne coal, Road-rails, pig-lead, Firewood, ironware, and cheap tin trays.
From "Cargoes", in Ballads  For the next two years, Masefield was employed by the huge Alexander Smith carpet factory in Yonkers, New York, where long hours were expected and conditions were far from ideal. He purchased up to 20 books a week, and devoured both modern and classical literature.
Chaucer also became very important to him during this time, as well as poetry by Keats and Shelley. He eventually returned home to England in  as a passenger aboard a steam ship.
When Masefield was 23, he met his future wife, Constance de la Cherois Crommelin, who was 35 and of Huguenot descent. Educated in classics and English Literatureand a mathematics teacher, Constance was a good match despite the difference in age. The couple had two children Judith, born inand Lewis, in Masefield then wrote the novels, Captain Margaret and Multitude and Solitude Inafter a long drought of poem writing, he composed "The Everlasting Mercy", the first of his narrative poemsand within the next year had produced two more, "The Widow in the Bye Street" and "Dauber".
As a result, he became widely known to the public and was praised by the critics; inhe was awarded the annual Edmond de Polignac prize. At about this time, Masefield moved his country retreat from Buckinghamshire to Lollingdon Farm in CholseyBerkshire, a setting that inspired a number of poems and sonnets under the title Lollingdon Downs, and which his family used until After returning home, Masefield was invited to the United States on a three-month lecture tour.
Although their primary purpose was to lecture on English Literature, he also intended to collect information on the mood and views of Americans regarding the war in Europe.SEA-FEVER BY JOHN MASEFIELD The poem Sea-Fever by John Masefield, depicts a sense of urgency to return to the sea.
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Comments & analysis: I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, / And all I ask is a tall. John Masefield's 'Sea-Fever' describes the poet's love for the sea and desire to live the life of a sailor. Here is a complete analysis of the poem.
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II.—THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN KEY. The very first thing I can ever remember seeing with my own eyes was a young man walking across a bridge. He had a curly moustache and an attitude of confidence verging on swagger.