Robert W. Service Poem Analysis

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The campfire is blazing and the frosty night air brings a bite to your nose. Huddled around the fire staring at the mesmerizing flames in variegated colors of blue, white and yellow, in a deep low voice you begin, “There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who toil for gold; The Artic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold.” (1907/2015) This Robert W. Service poem has been memorized and for more than 100 years recited at our family camping trips imparting this chilling saga of the Cremation of Sam McGee with the next generation and has become a part of us as though it was our own reality. It is engrained not only in our mind, but etched on our soul. By just saying the first line is enough to transform you back to another time another …show more content…
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