Sea Fever by John Masefield Verse 1 Read by Mrs Hull
Hello Class 4 and everyone at TSM. I hope you are all well. I wanted to share the poem ‘Sea Fever‘ with you. John Masefield was sent to sea by his aunt to break his obsession with reading! Luckily, it didn't work. Being a sailor he found plenty of time to read and to write too. He grew to love the sea so much that it was as if he'd developed a fever and felt ill whenever he was away from it. Hence the title of this poem. Many of us may be suffering from ‘cabin fever’ because of lockdown! What are you missing? I read this poem sitting just off the sea wall on the Dengie peninsular with skylarks singing and seabirds calling. A seal and her pup were across the bay...the tide was going out and the wind was whistling as you will be able to hear! I hope you can hear me too! Thank you for listening.
Sea Fever Verse 2
Sea Fever - Verse 3
Vocabulary - check the meaning of these words in a dictionary: spume, vagrant, whetted knife, a yarn, a rover. A 'trick' means a sailor's shift of duty /his watch at the helm of his boat.
Can you spot personification? Which line is repeated and why? Can you spot a simile? Can you spot descriptive phrases with Anglo-Saxon influence? (Think Beowulf)
Challenge: Can you write a verse in the style of John Masefield - a 4 line verse with 2 rhyming couplets? (Look at the rhyming at the end of each line)
Can you paint a picture to illustrate the poem? Enjoy! Best wishes, Mrs Hull
A copy of Sea Fever by John Masefield and a challenge!