by John Masefield
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
Year of Publication:
Ballad or Sea Chantey
Spondaic and pyrrhic
Things to Discuss:
There are two themes in this poem identify them? Is this poem rich in imagery? Find the example of iambic alliteration in lines three and ten. Find examples of personification and metaphor. What is meant by "a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over"?
About the Poem:
This poem is in perfect spondaic and pyrrhic meter “x / ; x /; x x /; x / ” thus “I must go down to the seas again” and so forth. There is an adjustment needed in the final line which utilizes the technique of “hover” that is when a two syllable word must be spoken as a single stress: in this case the word is “quiet”. Other poets may use similar meter adjustments by using such words as “heaven”, “even” and others. In earlier times the apostrophe served this same purpose.