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Songs of a Sourdough

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Songs of a Sourdough by Robert W. Service is an enchanting collection of poems that beautifully captures the essence of life in the Yukon during the Gold Rush era. Service, known as the "Bard of the Yukon," weaves tales of hardship, adventure, and longing in his verses, painting a vivid picture of the rugged landscape and its hardy inhabitants.

The poems in this collection are rich with emotion and imagery, transporting readers to a bygone era where men sought their fortune in the harsh wilderness. Service's writing is both evocative and poignant, as he delves into themes of love, loss, and the relentless pursuit of wealth.

One of the standout aspects of Songs of a Sourdough is Service's mastery of rhythm and rhyme. His verses are a pleasure to read aloud, with a musical quality that enhances the storytelling and adds depth to the narrative. Each poem is a gem of craftsmanship, showcasing Service's skill as a poet and storyteller.

Overall, Songs of a Sourdough is a timeless collection that continues to resonate with readers over a century after its initial publication. Service's ability to capture the spirit of the Yukon and its people makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in poetry, history, or the human experience.

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Reputedly the best-selling poetry collection of the 20th century, 'Songs of a Sourdough' is best known for Robert W. Service's classic Yukon ballads, 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew' and 'The Cremation of Sam McGhee'. Service was born in Preston, Lancashire, and grew up in Scotland. In his twenties, he made his way to Canada and settled in the Yukon where he worked as a bank clerk but evidently dreamed of more adventurous pursuits. Service's readings of his poems show that he could adopt either a Scottish or North American accent. Here they are read in an accent that is not too far removed from the place of his birth.

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