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Poetry: The West Wind (John Masefield)

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Emma B 22 Apr 06 - 11:38 AM
Joe Offer 22 Apr 06 - 01:50 PM
Morticia 22 Apr 06 - 02:48 PM
Emma B 22 Apr 06 - 03:46 PM
Liz the Squeak 22 Apr 06 - 05:17 PM
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Subject: BS: The West Wind
From: Emma B
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 11:38 AM

Having mischievously misquoted Masefield in the "gnus" thread I thought I would make amends by posting this poem of his so evocative of where I live at this time of year.

The West Wind
   
IT'S a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds' cries;
I never hear the west wind but tears are in my eyes.
For it comes from the west lands, the old brown hills.
And April's in the west wind, and daffodils.

It's a fine land, the west land, for hearts as tired as mine,
Apple orchards blossom there, and the air's like wine.
There is cool green grass there, where men may lie at rest,
And the thrushes are in song there, fluting from the nest.

"Will ye not come home brother? ye have been long away,
It's April, and blossom time, and white is the may;
And bright is the sun brother, and warm is the rain,--
Will ye not come home, brother, home to us again?

"The young corn is green, brother, where the rabbits run.
It's blue sky, and white clouds, and warm rain and sun.
It's song to a man's soul, brother, fire to a man's brain,
To hear the wild bees and see the merry spring again.

"Larks are singing in the west, brother, above the green wheat,
So will ye not come home, brother, and rest your tired feet?
I've a balm for bruised hearts, brother, sleep for aching eyes,"
Says the warm wind, the west wind, full of birds' cries.

It's the white road westwards is the road I must tread
To the green grass, the cool grass, and rest for heart and head,
To the violets, and the warm hearts, and the thrushes' song,
In the fine land, the west land, the land where I belong.

John Masefield

for everyone whose home (or heart) is in the West


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Subject: ADD: Sea-Fever (John Masefield)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 01:50 PM

Thanks, Emma. I wasn't familiar with "The West Wind." I guess everybody's favorite Masefield poem is "Sea-Fever":

Sea-Fever
(John Masefield, 1878-1967)

I must 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 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 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.


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Subject: RE: BS: The West Wind (John Masefield)
From: Morticia
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 02:48 PM

Is he the same John Masefield who wrote Box of Delights?


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Subject: RE: BS: The West Wind (John Masefield)
From: Emma B
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 03:46 PM

Yes Morti - the same.
The Box of Delights was a sequel to The Midnight Folk and was published in 1933.


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Subject: RE: BS: The West Wind (John Masefield)
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 22 Apr 06 - 05:17 PM

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky.
I left my vest and pants there... I wonder if they're dry?

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: The West Wind (John Masefield)
From: kendall
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 08:35 AM

My favorite Masefield is The Loch Arcre.


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Subject: RE: BS: The West Wind (John Masefield)
From: GUEST,Henryp
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 12:12 PM

You can now listen to Masefield set to music! Andy Kenna was at Lancaster Maritime Festival over Easter with some new arrangements.

Forebitter's Masefield show

An entertainment, which celebrates the collected sea poems of John Masefield, published in 1902 under the same title.

Andy Kenna has set a number of the poems to music and by interspersing them with authentic sea shanties, he invites the listeners to judge for themselves the artistic quality and authentic flavour of Masefield's work.

Andy brings the Golden Age of Sail back to life accompanying himself on concertinas, treble and baritone, guitar, and bodhran, in a style which would have been quite at home in the fo'c's'le or on the open decks of the ocean-going square-riggers of Masefield's Merchant Navy.

Reviews of Salt Water Ballads

"The selection of poems is marvellous, and the music that Andy has composed, to set the poems to, sounds very appropriate to the period. He's done a great job. This collection is certain to take a place among the most respected of the sea poets set to music. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with the project."

Rick Spencer
Mystic Seaport Forebitter

"Masefield's authentic depiction both of the brutal reality and the haunting romance of life under sail a century ago was well served by Forebitter's lively performance. Indeed, certain items, such as the well-known Sea Fever were given a new freshness; one heard them almost as if for the first time. We shall be able to repeat the pleasure by listening to Forebitter's CD with its ten settings of 'these poor songs to brace the arms that help the winches round'"

Roy Palmer - Review of Forebitter's 'Salt Water Ballads Concert',
Ledbury


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Subject: RE: BS: The West Wind (John Masefield)
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 23 Apr 06 - 04:06 PM

Sea-Fever also features in a choral work by Andrew Carter - a magnificent setting of these words to music - choral singing is my other passion - sorry!.

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: BS: The West Wind (John Masefield)
From: Pauline L
Date: 24 Apr 06 - 02:04 AM

Emma B, thank you so much for posting that. I love that poem. It speaks to me of a place I used to go to. It gave me all the benefits described by Masefield. I would read that poem over and over again in anticipation of going there. I loved that place so very, very much, but I no longer have access to it.


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