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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
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Published by Webmaster on 09/06/2003 (105711 reads)
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AS 10-26-01 The poem I enjoyed is called; Home and Love.....
Being able to read information about Mr. Service and his poems, has given me a greater understanding of what a poets thoughts are to make a poem. This site also gave me the chance to write a better presentation for my English class. Thank you so much for making this site and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Services poems and novels.

PW 10-25-01 Favorite poem: all of the above. 40 years ago I had 2 albums of Hank Snow reciting Robert Service poems. somebody else must have liked them because they disappeared! I haven't been able to find them since. Hank Snow's rolling voice gave a sound to the poems that was great. anybody that has them or can find them I would love to hear from you.
AU There are several Hank  Snow MP3 files on the Download page.

PD 10-24-01 I teach college English at Southwest Texas Junior College in Del Rio, Texas, and I use a great deal of Robert Service's works in my classroom. My students love his works, and I am sad to say that a lot of my peers will not admit that he is the true poet of the people. Keep up the good work.

10-22-01 Bessie's Boil is the first one I read as a child and found it quite funny.

JM 10-22-01 I came across Hank Snow's readings from Tales of the Yukon
via Napster and have been collecting Audio recordings. I may have read one of the poems 40 years ago in High School without remembering who wrote the poem. Your site is a goldmine.

E 10-21-01 This is a GREAT site. It gives everything you need to know about Mr. Service. IT'S GREAT FOR PROJECTS!

M 10-7-01 When I was five years old and my brother was eight, my mother made us read and memorize The Quitter by Robert Service. We absolutely despised her for it! What possible good could come from memorizing a poem? Especially at such a young age! Now I understand and am thankful she didn't give in to our whining and complaining! As a freshman in college, I often recite the second stanza of the quitter whenever I get homesick or discouraged. A few days ago my brother ,who is in the military, called me and asked me to send "that poem that mom used to make us recite." I was surprised he wanted the poem, I figured that he had forgotten about it as soon as mom made us stop reciting it. Throughout high school it was obvious my brother did not enjoy poetry or literature of any kind. My eyes teared up as I wrote out The Quitter to send to my brother. I hope it is the encouragement he needs right now. I believe this is proof that Robert Service truly is the "people's poet."

JC 10-7-01 While attending Catholic Grade School in mid -50's we had to memorize portions of The Cremation of Sam McGee. After memorized different children came in order and recited their part. It was just the ticket for a 7th grade boy to get interested in verse. Many thanks to Mr. Service, R. Kipling and others.

DLR 10-6-01 This web site is a delight. I have been a Service fan for many years. Although the Cremation of Sam McGee is undoubtedly my favourite poem - I recite it every year at the St. Andrew's Dinner held by my Burns Club - The Barrmill Jolly Beggars No. 593 (Ayrshire) and it always goes down very well indeed. However, I often use anther little three verse poem as a tribute to ordinary folk who go the extra mile - volunteers. It is of course "The Ordinary Man." I was fortunate several years ago to acquire both is biographies and of the works of McKay and others have added considerably to our knowledge of RWS. There is no doubt that he will continue to one of the most widely read and loved of poets as he definitely does appeal to the ordinary man. It's great to know that so many other folk also appreciate his poems. Thanks again for maintaining such an interesting and varied web site. Cheers

Donald L. Reid
Barrmill Jolly Beggars' Burns Club
Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA15 1BJ

RG 10-5-01 I have been a Service fan since childhood. My father was given The Spell of the Yukon and other Verses in 1917 and it was much a part of my early years. I have been NORTH to the YUKON three times.

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