“Beauty,” a poem by the English writer John Masefield (1878-1967), is written in an accessible style and is clearly indebted to the English Romantics in its tone and theme. The poem begins by using balanced phrasing to stress the breadth of the speaker’s knowledge of the natural world. He has seen not only “dawn” but also its opposite, “sunset,” just as he is familiar both with flat “moors” and with “windy hills.” Line 1, then, shows the influence of Romantic poetry in its emphasis on natural change (from “dawn” to “sunset”) and on natural landscapes....
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