The Cremation of Sam McGee
by Robert Service
Analysis: Calling Card
Fun, Accessible Tales of Adventure, Plus Catchy Rhymes
Robert Service’s poems have been hugely popular with generations of readers. They love the feeling of adventure in his poems, the sense of being taken on a trip to an exciting place and time (some folks call this "armchair traveling"). The poems, especially from this early part of Service's career, are all about the thrilling world of the Canadian Arctic, and the people who moved there to hunt for gold. He wraps all this exciting material up in a fun package, with a memorable, regular rhythm and catchy rhymes.