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Selections from Ballads of a Cheechako

Selections from Ballads of a Cheechako by Robert W. Service
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Selections from Ballads of a Cheechako by Robert W. Service is a captivating collection of poems that vividly depict the rugged and unforgiving landscapes of the Yukon during the gold rush. Service's vivid imagery and evocative language bring to life the struggles and triumphs of the men and women who braved the harsh conditions in search of fortune.

The poems in this collection are filled with raw emotion and heartfelt portrayals of the miners, prospectors, and adventurers who navigated the challenges of the wilderness. Service's skillful use of rhythm and meter adds a musical quality to his verses, making them resonate with readers long after they have finished reading.

One of the standout aspects of Selections from Ballads of a Cheechako is the way in which Service captures the spirit of the Yukon and its inhabitants. His poems are filled with a deep reverence for the land and its beauty, as well as a sense of awe at the resilience and determination of those who call it home.

Overall, Selections from Ballads of a Cheechako is a powerful and moving collection that pays tribute to the indomitable human spirit and the timeless allure of the Yukon wilderness. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the gold rush era and the enduring legacy of those who sought their fortunes in the untamed north.

Book Description:

These twelve poems are from Ballads of a Cheechako which was Robert W. Service’s third book of Yukon poems, published in 1909. The word Cheechako, from Chinook Jargon, originated in the United States (Alaska) and Canada (Yukon) and was imported into local English during the Yukon gold rush that began in 1896. Cheechako, is a non derogatory word meaning “newcomer” or “tenderfoot.” The derivation looks something like this: chee new cha come ko home.

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