Cargoes

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Kelley England
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12/14/05

“Cargoes”
By: John Masefield

In the poem “Cargoes,” the author, John Masefield, writes about nostalgia and progress. The gritty realities of modern life are set against the golden age of the “Stately Spanish galleon” and the even more distant glamour of the “Quinquereme of Ninevah.” The author evokes the senses using multiple kinds of imagery in each stanza of the poem. The poem encompasses the past and the future of the changing ships and cargoes throughout various periods of history. John Masefield was born in 1878 in Ledbury, England. He married his wife, Constance, at the age of 23 and had two children, a boy and a girl. He suffered tragedies early in his life such as his mother’s death when he was 6, both of his grandparents’ deaths at the age of 7, and his father having a mental breakdown five years later and then dying when John was 12 years old. His Aunt and Uncle took on the responsibility of raising him and at the age of 13, his Aunt sent him to the sea-cadet ship the HMS Conway to train for a life at sea. It was aboard this ship that he developed a love for story telling. Sea life did not suit John and on his second voyage he deserted his ship in New York City and began to travel the countryside, taking whatever odd jobs he could find, often sleeping outdoors and eating very little. After 3 years, he was ready to return to England. John became a very big admirer of William Butler Yeats and after many letters to him, Mr. Yeats became John’s friend and mentor. This brought John into the inner circle of Mr. Yeats’ poet friends and publishers. Subsequently, John went on to have many of his works published that were met with praise and positive criticism. In 1930, he became the Official Poet Laureate until his death in 1967. While John was alive as well as after his death, his work was and is…...

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