Best Tales of the Yukon

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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. "Best Tales of the Yukon" reflects those times. Reading Service's poems 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...
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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. "Best Tales of the Yukon" reflects those times. Reading Service's poems 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. "Best Tales of the Yukon" has a magical way of transporting readers to the Yukon-something you won't want to miss. "Best Tales of the Yukon" collects together forty-five of these poems. Selected from two of his earliest volumes, "Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses" and "Ballads of a Cheechako", this volumes includes some of Service's most memorable poetry including the classics "The Shooting of Dan McGrew", "The Law of the Yukon", and "The Cremation of Sam McGee".
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  • ISBN-13: 9781450568289
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 106
  • Sales rank: 398,157
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface ix
L'Envoi [1907] (You who have lived in the land ...) 11
To the Man of the High North (My rhymes are rough, and often in my rhyming ...) 13
The Men That Don't Fit in (There's a race of men that don't fit in ...) 14
The Rhyme of the Restless Ones (We couldn't sit and study for the law ...) 16
The Younger Son (If you leave the gloom of London and you seek a glowing land ...) 18
The Three Voices (The waves have a story to tell me ...) 21
The Call of the Wild (Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there's nothing else to gaze on ..?) 23
The Song of the Mouth-Organ (I'm a homely little bit of tin and bone ...) 25
The Trail of 'Ninety-Eight (Gold! We leapt from our benches. Gold! We sprang from our stools ...) 28
The Land God Forgot (The lonely sunsets flare forlorn ...) 35
The Ballad of the Northern Lights (One of the Down and Out--that's me. Stare at me well, aye, stare!) 36
Comfort (Say! You've struck a heap of trouble ...) 46
The Ballad of Gum-Boot Ben (He was an old prospector with a vision bleared and dim ...) 47
The Low-Down White (This is the pay-day up at the mines, when the bearded brutes come down ...) 50
The Man from Eldorado (He's the man from Eldorado, and he's just arrived in town ...) 52
The Reckoning (It's fine to have a blow-out in a fancy restaurant ...) 56
The Shooting of Dan McGrew (A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon ...) 57
The Harpy (There was a woman, and she was wise; woefully wise was she ...) 61
The Ballad of the Black Fox Skin (There was Claw-fingered Kitty and Windy Ike living the life of shame ...) 64
The Ballad of One-Eyed Mike (This is the tale that was told to me by the man with the crystal eye ...) 71
The Pines (We sleep in the sleep of ages, the bleak, barbarian pines ...) 75
The Wood-Cutter (The sky is like an envelope ...) 77
The Telegraph Operator (I will not wash my face ...) 80
The Ballad of Pious Pete (I tried to refine that neighbor of mine, honest to God, I did ...) 83
The Lone Trail (Ye who know the Lone Trail fain would follow it ...) 88
The Song of the Wage-Slave (When the long, long day is over, and the Big Boss gives me my pay ...) 90
The Prospector (I strolled up old Bonanza, where I staked in 'Ninety-Eight ...) 93
My Friends (The man above was a murderer, the man below was a thief ...) 97
The Black Sheep (Hark to the ewe that bore him ...) 100
Clancy of The Mounted Police (In the little Crimson Manual it's written plain and clear ...) 103
Music in the Bush (O'er the dark pines she sees the silver moon ...) 110
The Ballad of Hard-Luck Henry (Now wouldn't you expect to find a man an awful crank ..?) 112
The Lure of Little Voices (There's a cry from out the loneliness--oh, listen, Honey, listen!) 116
Premonition (Twas a year ago and the moon was bright ...) 118
The Spell of the Yukon (I wanted the gold, and I sought it ...) 119
Men of the High North (Men of the High North, the wild sky is blazing ...) 122
The Rhyrne of the Remittance Man (There's a four-pronged buck a-swinging in the shadow of my cabin ...) 124
The Cremation of Sam McGee (There are strange things done in the midnight sun ...) 126
The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill (I took a contract to bury the body of blasphemous Bill MacKie ...) 130
The Tramps (Can you recall, dear comrade, when we tramped God's land together ..?) 135
Grin (If you're up against a bruiser and you're getting knocked about ...) 136
The Heart of the Sourdough (There, where the mighty mountains bare their fangs unto the moon ...) 138
The Little Old Log Cabin (When a man gits on his uppers in a hard-pan sort of town ...) 140
The Parson's Son (This is the song of the parson's son, as he squats in his shack alone ...) 142
The Law of the Yukon (This is the Law of the Yukon, and ever she makes it plain ...) 145
Lost (Black is the sky, but the land is white ...) 150
L'Envoi [1909] (We talked of yesteryears, of trails and treasure ...) 155
Glossary 157
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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Not in my top 100

    My book club is reading this book. I haven't enjoyed reading poetry. . .I even took a class in college which involved ready poetry to try to change my thinking. The class didn't change what I thought about poetry and this book didn't either.

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    Posted June 28, 2012

    River-pack

    Medicine dog den

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