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Profile of Robert William Service

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a poet and writer who has often been called "the Bard of the Yukon".

Service is best known for his poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", from his first book, Songs of a Sourdough (1907; also published as The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses). "These humorous tales in verse were considered doggerel by the literar ...
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20 April 2016
“Some praise the Lord for Light, The living spark; I thank God for the Night The healing dark.”
20 April 2016
“I like to think that when I fall, A rain-drop in Deaths shoreless sea, This shelf of books along the wall, Beside my bed, will mourn for me.”
20 April 2016
“The Quitter When youre lost in the Wild, and youre scared as a child, And Death looks you bang in the eye, And youre sore as a boil, its according to Hoyle To cock your revolver and . . . die. But the Code of a Man says: "Fight all you can," And self-dissolution is barred. In hunger and woe, oh, its easy to blow . . . Its the hell-served-for-breakfast thats hard. "Youre sick of the game!" Well, now, thats a shame. Youre young and youre brave and youre bright. "Youve had a raw deal!" I know -- but dont squeal, Buck up, do your damnedest, and fight. Its the plugging away that will win you the day, So dont be a piker, old pard! Just draw on your grit; its so easy to quit: Its the keeping-your-chin-up thats hard. Its easy to cry that youre beaten -- and die; Its easy to crawfish and crawl; But to fight and to fight when hopes out of sight -- Why, thats the best game of them all! And though you come out of each gruelling bout, All broken and beaten and scarred, Just have one more try -- its dead easy to die, Its the keeping-on-living thats hard.”
20 April 2016
“Have you suffered, starved and triumphed, grovelled down, yet grasped at glory, Grown bigger in the bigness of the whole? Done things just for the doing, letting babblers tell the story, Seeing through the nice veneer the naked soul? Have you seen God in His splendours, heard the text that nature renders? (Youll never hear it in the family pew.) The simple things, the true things, the silent men who do things– Then listen to the wild–its calling you.”

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Robert William Service is a very famous poet in this world. His poems are very much philosophic, valuable and beneficial for society time to time. He has remained in the core of hearts of many readers and visitors. Reading his poems we get immense joy. He is ranked #29 on top 500 poets of the world as per the database information on date 25 October 2020.
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Ruth Sullivan 26 August 2020
Many years ago I wrote a play for a Sweet Adeline show using bits and pieces of Robert Service's poems. I had an idea for the story, then found his poems I could use. I used enough of the poem that you knew it but then made some subtle changes to go with the story. It was challenging but fun. And introduced people to his poetry. I can't remember the year I did this but it was in the late 60's.
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Also, I believe it may be a typo in the second stanza, third line, of Robert William Service's poem Resignation, to begin that line alone with a lowercase o - especially as the second line ends with a period. It should read: Or, as I wear my collars high, how laundry men would gloat!
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The first line of Robert William Service's poem Resignation, should read: I'd hate to be a centipede (of legs I've only two) , The poem is written in Iambic heptameter (7 beats=14 syllables, or beats) . Not only does it start the poem out incorrectly with poor context, without the a, the meter and rhythm is thrown off, as well.
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Dr..Marshall l. Goodwin 24 August 2018
I have sat around the dinner table in our log cabin up in northern Maine and recited Services poems to my sons, grandsons and friends. Wonderful memories!
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Richard Thompson 02 June 2018
I have memorized and delivered many of the Robert Service poetry at clubs and private parties.
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Sameer verma 24 May 2018
Nice poem
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Cleveland Gibson 17 April 2018
I read the 'shooting of Dan' and learnt it by heart. It was an experience, I used to say it to my son' and he enjoyed it. I ought to point out at that time I'd never written any poetry. Next I read 'The Highwayman' and wrote a tribute poem called 'After The Highwayman. I might now consider writing something in the Robert Service vein. Who knows? '
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