John Masefield (1878 1967) was an 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.) He was Poet Laureate from 1930 until his death.

His best-known poem is indubitably "Sea-Fever", 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, ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk'' and ''Literature/TheBoxOfDelights''. ''The Box of Delights'' was adapted into [[Series/TheBoxOfDelights a six-part TV miniseries]].
!!Works by John Masefield with their own trope page include:

* ''Literature/TheBoxOfDelights''
* ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk''
* ''Literature/{{Odtaa}}''
* ''Literature/SardHarker''

!!John Masefield's other works provide examples of:

* AllJustADream: One of his best-known novels ends this way.
* DirectLineToTheAuthor: Several of his novels imply that their events actually happened. Some (including ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk'' and ''Literature/{{Odtaa}}'') include references to the author being personally acquainted with their protagonists.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: A key part of the plot in ''The Taking of the Gry''.
* LatinLand: Santa Barbara, briefly mentioned in ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk'', and shown in more detail in his adult novels ''Literature/SardHarker'', ''Literature/{{Odtaa}}'', and ''The Taking of the Gry''.
* {{Pirates}}: The subject of several of his poems
* WalkThePlank: In "A Ballad of John Silver"
* TheWildHunt: In the poem "The Hounds of Hell"