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The Cremation of Sam McGee
The Cremation of Sam McGee
by Robert Service

What’s Up With the Title?

This one seems pretty straightforward to us. The title tells us about the main event in the poem and who it happens to. Thanks to that heads-up, we start the poem wondering who this Sam McGee is, and when and where and why he was cremated. That’s the trick to a good title; it tells the reader just enough, but not too much. It leaves us curious, establishes a little bit of suspense. That’s something the whole poem does really well, actually, telling us just a little at a time and winding us up for that big surprise ending.

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