Themes in the Cremation of Sam Mcgee

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The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service is an incredible example of a narrative ballad. It tells it’s story through internal and external rhyming couplets Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.
 Why he left his home in the South to roam 'round the Pole, God only knows. (Service)

with a cadence which holds true through out the whole poem (Team, Shmoop Editorial). Service’s application of literary devices like alliteration enhances the flow of the poem; “roam 'round, cursèd cold, foul or fair, half hid, and brawn and brains” (Service). The cold of the Arctic is a major theme and Service uses an assortment of other literary devices to convey his message (Team, Shmoop Editorial). He sets the …show more content…

One could see a person singing to a corpse but to have the corpse grin back is weird. Now to stuff a corpse into a furnace of glowing coals and then to have the corpse came back to life and enjoy the fiery abode is not something anyone would actually do or witness and thus it takes the reader to a world of peculiar. A final theme to be introduced is that of friendship (Team, Shmoop Editorial). An interesting alliance is between the humans and the dogs. The

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