The Cremation of Sam McGee





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Published on Oct 25, 2006

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A reading of the poem by Robert W. Service (Jan. 16, 1874 - Sept. 11, 1958).

Most people reading this poem treat it as lightweight fare, a funny parody of a horror story. Service probably intended it that way.

But for my own amusement, and as a gesture towards Halloween, I've attempted to reinterpret the poem as genuine horror. It wasn't easy! The climactic stanza is hilarious, not scary. I'll rely on you folks to tell me if I succeeded.

Once again, folks who like their poems read as though they were songs, adhering tightly to their rhythmic structure, will be disappointed. I don't read poems that way very often.

Text of the full poem is here:


Happy Halloween, folks. :-)


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