Robert Service wrote in the golden years of the Klondike--of the rough and ready men, and women just as tough. No-one in Robert's world (real or imagined) minced words or had any self-consciousness about them. It was live and let live and sometimes kill or be killed. "Collected Poems of Robert Service" reflects those times. Reading "Collected ...
Robert Service wrote in the golden years of the Klondike--of the rough and ready men, and women just as tough. No-one in Robert's world (real or imagined) minced words or had any self-consciousness about them. It was live and let live and sometimes kill or be killed. "Collected Poems of Robert Service" reflects those times. Reading "Collected Poems of Robert Service" transports us back to that frozen place in nature when it was literally every man and every woman for him/herself. Somehow Service conveys only a sensitivity, but the beauties he saw in the others. His poems also have historical interest, as he talked about the arrival of the light switch, gathering around the village's first "grammyphone," and hearing the voice of "canned man" coming from it (some "savages "took to their canoes because it seemed demonic, while others were enraptured by this miracle of sound). Cold cabins, with hoarfrost clinging to the inside rafters, unwashed masses in itchy long-johns struggling out of bed on an arctic day, and the beauty of the lilies living side by side with a trapper's two-timing woman getting her just desserts (over "a black fox skin"), Robert Service touches the heart and soul of the rough and raw Klondike in the early 1900's, showing us the emotions and colors from inky black to pure gold. "Collected Poems of Robert Service" has a magical way of transporting readers to the Yukon-something you won't want to miss. Containing more than 830 poems, "Collected Poems of Robert Service" includes remarkable ballads and lighthearted comedy, as well as first person accounts of the unimaginable horrors and uplifting glories of battle in the trenches. Approachable and unpretentious, Service's collection, though written for "common folk," is a satisfying read.
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