Excerpt from John Masefield Closely following the everlasting mercy came the widow IN the bye street, written in much the same icono clastic manner. It tells a tragic tale of Widow Gurney, whose son, Jimmy, is hanged for murder, causing her to lose her reason. Of these two remarkable poems Masefield tells us: In the everlasting mercy a violent man is made happy; in the widow IN the bye street a good woman is made unhappy. In neither case does the event fall by merit or demerit, but by the workings Of Fate, which come into human affairs with the effect Of justice done, for reasons not apparent to us.
In 1913 he again aroused the enthusiasm and acclaim Of the critics. This time with dauber that magnificent spiritual vision Of life. 'dauber' is a great poem. Great because Of its pictures Of the storm, the sea-night, the Ship entering the calm bay at day-dawn. But great also as a book of revelation; as a book Of intense, terrible, pitiful heroic vision; as a sensitive record of the sea, full Of the bright face of danger, the enduranceof Ships, the endurance of men. The poem tells Of a painter whose heart's desire is to portray the sea as it really is.
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