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Robert Willian Service Essay

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Robert William Service was a very distinguished man, much like Shakespeare, he started what he loved at a young age. Throughout his life he’d been a part of World War 1, love, unprecedented joy, and great deals of experience. Robert W. Service wrote about current events, love, and life. Why do some poets treat their work differently? We can see many works of poetry and although full of “heart” the poets seem to shrip off their work. Robert W. Service doesn’t call his work poetry, but a verse. Robert William Service was born in 1874 in Preston, Lancashire, England. Being the eldest child of ten, Service followed his fathers footsteps as a bank cashier. Starting at a very young age, Service ...view middle of the document...

In the very last sentence of The Spell of the Yukon, Service writes “It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder, It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.” This shows what nature meant to Service. It wasn’t just the materialistic things that made Service a happy man, it was going through life and seeing all of the wonderful things that God made.
The Cremation of Sam Mcgee is a poem that was written about the cremation of a prospector who froze to death near Lake Laberge, Yukon, Canada. The story is told by the man who cremated him. After McGee died the following day, the narrator hauled the body to the marge of Lake Lebarge before he found a way to perform the promised cremation. Robert Service based the poem on something that happened to his his roommate, Dr. Sugden. Dr. Sugden found a corpse in the cabin of the steamer Olive May. The poem The Cremation of Sam Mcgee shows how Service wrote many of his poems, not just about random things, but about the things he went through and saw during his lifetime. Since Service traveled a lot, he didn’t really have to use his imagination to make things up. He used most of the traveling he did as a way to influence his writings.
In Service’s poem Home And Love the title tells the reader what the poem is truly about. Service wrote about how one just needs a place to call home and someone to love. Stanza three, line seventeen, implies that you don’t have to have a great life but with a home and someone to love, a person should be praiseful. You can’t just have one of the two. If one just had a “Home without Love, life would be bitterness.” Same thing goes with love but “Love without Home is often pain.” While reading this poem, it’s almost as if you can feel the energy that Service had while writing it. This poem shows what the true meaning of life was to Service. Service literally states that all a person, including himself, would need to be joyful in life is Love and a Home. Love does not necessarily mean a significant other. It means that to have a love, could be the love of a parent, sibling, or any other family member or friend. Love could also be the love of a hobby or basically anything that one enjoys very much in life. As well as love, home does not necessarily need to be a house. Home is wherever one is happy. This is what Service meant by saying all you need is Love and a Home.
The poem Comfort, shows the optimism that Service always had. He wrote about happy things, mostly, maybe to show that he was a happy man himself, never moping around, but going out into the world and finding something to be happy about. The line “Don’t you mope, you’ve still got these,” shows that Service was the type of man that would give advice to people that were down in the slums. This line, along with the rest of the lines in the poem are optimistic about everything in life. Service wrote this poem to show people the good parts of life. The very last line of Comfort says “You’ve got God, and God is love.”...

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