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
Works by John Masefield with their own trope page include:
John Masefield's other works provide examples of:
- All Just a Dream: One of his best-known novels ends this way.
- Direct Line to the Author: Several of his novels imply that their events actually happened. Some (including The Midnight Folk and Odtaa) include references to the author being personally acquainted with their protagonists.
- Dressing as the Enemy: A key part of the plot in The Taking of the Gry.
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: the titular character in Dead Ned / Live and Kicking Ned.
- Latin Land: Santa Barbara, briefly mentioned in The Midnight Folk, and shown in more detail in his adult novels Sard Harker, Odtaa, and The Taking of the Gry.
- Pirates: The subject of several of his poems
- Walk the Plank: In "A Ballad of John Silver"
- The Wild Hunt: In the poem "The Hounds of Hell"