John Mase­field

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Mase­field (1878-1967) was or­phaned early and sent to the school-ship HMS Con­way at the age of 13. His first voy­age as a 16-year-old was to the South At­lantic and Cape Horn. He then fell ill in Val­paraiso and de­serted his next ship in New York. Mase­field’s first suc­cess as a writer came with the pub­li­ca­tion of

Salt-Wa­ter Bal­lads in 1902. He was made Poet Lau­re­ate in 1930 and oc­cu­pied the post un­til his death in 1967.

The Bird of Dawn­ing by John Mase­field was first pub­lished 1933 by Heine­mann. It's now out of print, but you can buy var­i­ous edi­tions on­line, sec­ond-hand

The poem Sea Fever was one of Mase­field’s

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