Of Masefield and Milligan

Technical problems with WordPress seem to have been resolved so here’s the belated next posting from Keats’ Ghost.

Wall poetry at the Ness House Hotel

Wall poetry at the Ness House Hotel

You can live in a place for years and not notice things.  Then you do and you get that thrill of a new surprise.  Remember my first posting on this blog?  It was a poem by Keats which is to be found on the wall of the New Quay Inn.  Well take the short ferry trip across the mouth of the estuary to Shaldon, walk up to the Ness House Hotel and there on the wall you will find these two snippets which make a wonderful juxtaposition – old and new views of the sea.

 

Sea Fever snippet
(John Masefield)

I must down to the sea again,
To the lonely sea and sky
And all I ask is a tall ship
And a star to steer her by.

 

Milligan’s version
(Spike Milligan)

I must down to the sea again,
To the lonely sea and sky.
I left my shoes and socks there,
I wonder if they’re dry.

Want to know more?  Click on the following links:

John Masefield
Spike Milligan
The Ness

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