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Poet, novelist, dramatist and journalist, John Masefield's literary career was rich and varied, and although his reputation waned in later years, he is again being recognized for his wide range, encompassing ballads, nature poetry and mythological narrative, and for his attempt to make poetry a popular art.

Browse through these pages and learn about the man, his life and his writings. While this site is not comprehensive, we hope it will inspire you to learn and discover more of the literary legacy John Masefield has left us.

My road calls me,
lures me
West, east, south
and north
Most roads lead
men homewards
My road
leads me forth.

To add more miles
to the tally
Of grey miles
left behind
In quest of that
one beauty
God put me here
to find.

John Masefield, Roadways