The Cremation of Sam McGee

The Cremation of Sam McGee

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Constantly suffering from the cold, Sam makes his companion on the Arctic trail promise to cremate him when he dies, which the companion does - to his great surprise.
Publisher: ©1986
ISBN: 9781554532728
9780919964921
Branch Call Number: C811.52 SER 1986
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged)
Additional Contributors: Harrison, Ted 1926-2015

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Staff Book Review: The Cremation of Sam McGee

Robert Service was a mild-mannered bank clerk in real life, but the way this poem makes the Arctic come alive, you’d think the man was a veteran of the Klondike. It’s funny; the version of Sam McGee I remember from my childhood conjures up images of grinning corpses, lonely cold, and complete silence, save for the sound of a lone sled’s runners slicing eerily through the snow. (more)


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"There are poems that have the ability to completely transport us to a specific time and place, and Robert Service’s The Cremation of Sam McGee remains one of the best. " - Veronica


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susan_findlay
Jul 18, 2017

Poetry is not usually my thing, but this book is just a work of art.

I love the meter. The way the words roll, each one perfectly chosen. I love the fact that it rhymes. (I know that poetry doesn't have to, but the stuff that doesn't rarely feels poetic to me). And I love how the rhymes just fall naturally in the middle of sentences. So much thought went into every word choice and placement! But it doesn't feel like that. It's like watching an expert athlete. All the hard work they put in makes the final product look effortless.

I also need to credit the beautiful illustrations of Ted Harrison which do a lovely job of setting the scene, using colour in remarkable ways.

Highly recommend this short but beautiful book.

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glenna14
Nov 09, 2016

The illustrations are what make this book a national treasure. Every home should have a hard copy of this beautiful poem.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

A legend from the days of the Yukon Gold Rush about what the Arctic cold can do to a man. Grade 4 - 12

quagga Feb 26, 2010

A legend from the days of the Yukon Gold Rush about what the Arctic cold can do to a man.

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DavidB
Jan 05, 2009

The Nothern Lights have seen queer sights but the queerest they ever did see, was that night on the marge of Lake Laberge I cremated Sam McGee

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DavidB
Jan 02, 2009

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Labarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

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quagga Feb 26, 2010

quagga thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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