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The Spell of the Yukon and Other Poems
by Robert Service


Overview - "There are strange things done in the midnight sun," declared Robert Service as he related the fulfillment of a dying prospector's request. "The Cremation of Sam McGee" was based on one of many peculiar tales he heard upon his 1904 arrival in the Canadian frontier town of Whitehorse.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"There are strange things done in the midnight sun," declared Robert Service as he related the fulfillment of a dying prospector's request. "The Cremation of Sam McGee" was based on one of many peculiar tales he heard upon his 1904 arrival in the Canadian frontier town of Whitehorse. Less than a decade after the Klondike gold rush, many natives and transplants remained to tell stories of the boom towns that sprang up with the sudden influx of miners, gamblers, barflies, and other fortune-seekers. Service's compelling verses populated by One-Eyed Mike, Dangerous Dan McGrew, and other colorful characters recapture the era'sventuresome spirit andvitality.
In this, his best-remembered work, the "common man's poet" and "Canadian Kipling" presentsthirty-four verses that celebrate the rugged natural beauty of the frozen North and the warm humanity of its denizens. Verses include "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" ("A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon"), "The Heart of the Sourdough" ("There where the mighty mountains bare their fangs unto the moon"), and "The Call of the Wild" (Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there's nothing else to gaze on"). Generations have fallen under the spell of these poems, which continue to enchant readers of all ages."


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  • ISBN-13: 9780486476896
  • ISBN-10: 0486476898
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publish Date: July 2012
  • Page Count: 126


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