• Watch 2015 Champ Maeva Ordaz Perform at Finals

    Watch 2015 Champ Maeva Ordaz Perform at Finals
  • Photos and Videos of the 2015 National Finals!

    Photos and Videos of the 2015 National Finals!
  • Get Involved! Hear what students and teachers have to say about Poetry Out Loud.

    Get Involved! Hear what students and teachers have to say about Poetry Out Loud.
John  Masefield

John Masefield

British poet John Edward Masefield was born in Herefordshire. He studied at King’s School in Warwick before training as a merchant seaman. In 1895, he deserted his ship in New York City and worked there in a carpet factory before returning to

Sea Fever
by John Masefield

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 grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey 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.