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Collected Poems of Robert Service Hardcover – January 11, 1989
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In a day and age where refreshing verse and lyrics are hard to come by, a simple look into these pages reveals one of the most monumental works in modern poetry. Nothing quite excites the heart and stirs the soul like the works from Robert Service.
You will find your heart fluttering, your eyes moist and your mind wandering aimless in far away places as Service takes you there on a magic carpet ride of grandeur and adventure.
Inside you'll find a personal favorite, Service's Call of the Wild. If this doesn't move you, I'm not sure that anything will.
Service's poems could very well have been labeled chicken soup for the soul, well before those series of books under the same title.
Nothing short of magical.
All human life is to be found between these covers with very few duds. If ever you were stuck for a party piece, try "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" or "The Cremation of Sam McGee", either will generate a terrific response and with appropriate drama, a standing ovation.
Most of all, there are poems here which capture an era long gone and soon to be forgotten.
Robert Service will justifiably survive the majority of 20th century poets
His first volume of poetry, The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses, sold out while it was still on the presses. Two of his ballads, The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Cremation of Sam McGee, are among the most memorized poems in history.
The Shooting of Dan McGrew alone made him a half-million dollars, which was a sizeable fortune in his time. He never had to do manual labor for his bread again, after its publication.
This volume of his work contains his best-known poems (those contained in both The Spell of the Yukon and his second, longer collection, Ballads of a Cheechako).
This is a book that you will not only delight in reading before the fire on a winter's evening or when that confining office job is getting you down, but it will also provide an endless source of conversation and amusement for your friends, many of whom will no doubt be able to recite large portions of some of his poems.
For Robert Service is, without a doubt, one of the best-loved of the world's poets. His poetry stands alongside that of Kipling, Coleridge and Poe in the public's affection.
Joseph (Joe) Pierre
author of Handguns and Freedom...their care and maintenance
and other books
Service was a man's man, living in northern Canada in White Horse and Dawson. This gives his poems a rarefied feeling that cannot be counterfeited. If Louis L'Amour had lived in northern Canada he would have been a soul mate to Robert W. Service. They both loved the outdoors and loved the men of the outdoors. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Robert W. Service is that his life story is even more compelling than his poetry. To read The Men that Don't Fit In is to get a glimpse of the man who fits.
This is poetry for the soul that requires no degree in literature to appreciate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Call me ignorant, but I had never heard of Robert Service. Amazing poems and stories. Must purchase!Published 5 months ago by Trent A. Renner
I love this large collection of Robert Service poems. I have a small book of Robert Service poems that is a century old, but I was afraid to read the old and brittle pages often so... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gecko
I have had this book all my life it seems as a child I remember my father reading from it aloud. I have given it away countless times to someone who loved it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Averal Miller