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Robert W. Service æ 9 Read Free download ¾ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Robert W. Service Download Songs of a Sourdough Of Service's Yu. Rarely is there a book I d read again and again Rarely is there a book I would purchase in hardcopy just to have on my bookshelf as a treasure I m a library book and online audiobook reader I usually struggle with poetry it s not my favourite style of writing or go to choice for reading But these ballads and poems lyrical and flowing are like music in their tempo Simply beautifulLet s keep in mind these aren t modern day poems written wistfully about a past era while lounging by a roaring fire These poems were written during the actual Gold Rush while living in the Yukon and other remote areas My favourites are The Law of the Yukon The Cremation of Sam McGee The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Men That don t Fit In Robert Service wrote his first poem in 1880 at the age of 6 In his youth he worked in a shipping office and a bank and briefly studied literature at the University of Glasgow Inspired by Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson Service sailed to western Canada in 1894 to become a cowboy in the Yukon Wilderness He worked on a ranch and as a bank teller in Vancouver Island six years after the Gold Rush gleaning material that would inform his poetry for years to come and earn him his reputation as Bard of the Yukon

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Robert W. Service æ 9 Read Free download ¾ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Robert W. Service Download Songs of a Sourdough Early collection. Fate has written a tragedy its name is the human heart I am the land that listens I am the land that broods Steeped in eternal beauty crystalline waters and woodsLong have I waited lonely shunned as a thing accurstMonstrous moody pathetic the last of the lands and the first Visioning camp fires at twilight sad with a longing forlornFeeling my womb o er pregnant with the seed of cities unborn Were you ever out in the Great Alone when the moon was awful clearAnd the icy mountains hemmed you in with a silence you most could hear With only the howl of a timber wolf and you camped there in the coldA half dead thing in a stark dead world clean mad for the muck called gold While high overhead green yellow and red the North Lights swept in bars Then you ve a haunch what the music meant hunger and night and the stars

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My parents evangelical church is doing a year long study of the book of Acts which I think is really neat because that book has in my view some of the most explicitly communist passages in the Christian testament Even conservative readings of that book are fairly demanding on one s ethics Hopefully I will finally finish something by Badiou in the process of this excursion through Luke s seuel text to his Gospel One thing I did encounter in the Harper Collins Study Bible this past Sunday working through a story in Acts 8 about Philip and an Ethiopian eunuch was an interesting little tidbit of commentary So the second half of Acts 8 is the weird story of Philip being teleported to some other place after baptizing the eunuch But before that the eunuch is sitting in his chariot with a scroll of Isaiah 53 one of those saturated sites of Christian eisegesis in the Hebrew Bible The commentary on this passage in Acts simply says that reading was a customary activity during travel Sometimes I laugh at how banal biblical commentary can be yet weirdly interesting at the same time to only me maybe All this to say that I really identify with that eunuch because travel reading is a thing for me only to be outdone by pre travel reading I have a friend who s been working in the Yukon for the past year and a mutual friend convinced me to join him on a trip to go see this old Yukon dwelling pal So I obliged Now that I ve shelled out savings to secure a round trip of unwarranted greenhouse gas emissions I had to find some decent reading in preparation Robert Service seems to be the literary name that surfaces the most every time I go digging for some Yukon related literature he was often referred to as the Bard of the YukonRobert Service was a bank clerk for the Canadian Bank of Commerce in the Gold Rush era Yukon That seems to be the tagline for most summaries of Service s life and if I didn t happen to dig a little harder I would have thought he was one of those rich white dudes who could afford to fart around and write mediocre poetry about the Great North of Turtle Island while living in some comfortable bubble so as to become memorialized as the Bard of the Yukon in some online Canadian encyclopedia Yet I m a sucker for this sort of plot twist I came across a plaue memorializing Service back in his hometown of Preston Lancashire reading Poet of the Yukon and socialist It took me uite a while to corroborate this with other sources mostly because Robert Service is also the name of the famous Oxford historian of communism and biographer of Lenin Trotsky and StalinAnyway Robert W Service the Yukon bard was described by Edward J Cowan in this way He was a socialist who felt guilty about his investments He protested that he had no great interest in poetry but that he wanted to write verse which would appeal to people at largeAfter leaving school he apprenticed as a bank clerk in Glasgow During this period according to himself he fell under the twin spells of Socialism and music hall He devoured Robert Blanchford s Merrie England 1893 saturating himself in socialist literature to learn all that there was to know on the subject but sensing disappointment on discovering that the workers were suspicious of him His attachment to the cause was ualified Socialism would be charming if one could eliminate the socialist He was bored by the dictature of the proletariat though I was very much part of them Towards the end of his life he described himself as a carpet slipper socialist whose reasoning mind accepted the logic of socialism while his selfish human nature prevented him from furthering it Ploughman p 112 He was as usual whether at the age of sixteen or seventy unduly hard on himself It is certain that Rhymes of a Red Cross Man demonstrated his true and apparently unrepentant commitment to socialism Robert Service had been a socialist in his youth At seventy he described himself as a radical with socialist sympathies Even without this commentary you get a sense of Service s politics from his poetry titles eg The Song of the Wage Slave I realize one has to be fairly cautious about the term wage slave I think it s a vexed term because there is a risk of conflating slavery particularly the brutal African American slavery of the Americas with wage labour broadly Both involve exploitation but they are on different magnitudes and I can see why it would be offensive to appropriate the language of slavery for articulating how capitalism oppresses wage labourers see Amaryah Armstrong I m very fond of biblical narrative so the Exodus is a central reference point for me when I think of liberation and anti oppressive futures but it s very easy for me to fall into this trap This is a little summary by Roediger in his book The Wages of Whiteness that goes into the history of comparing chattel slavery with wage slavery Other instances of comparison between wage labor and chattel slavery between 1830 and 1860 were likewise both insistent and embarrassed Chattel slavery stood as the ultimate expression of the denial of libertyRacism slavery and republicanism thus combined to reuire comparisons of hire lings and slaves but the combination also reuired white workers to dis tance themselves from Blacks even as the comparisons were being made Chattel slavery provided white workers with a touchstone against which to weigh their fears and a yardstick to measure their reassurance An understanding of both the stunning process by which some white workers came to call themselves slaves and the tendency for metaphors concerning white slavery to collapse thus takes us to the heart of the process by which the white worker was made It also furnishes us with an excellent vantage point from which to view the vexed relations between the labor movement and movement to abolish slavery So I ll just leave a number of examples showing how this notion of wage slavery is prevalent throughout a lot of leftist literature This is from Kropotkin The coming Revolution can render no greater service to humanity than to make the wage system in all its forms an impossibility and to render Communism which is the negation of wage slavery the only possible solution Emma Goldman in a speech called her audience slaves Fellow slaves I think you will all be indignant because I call you slaves I admit that you are not slaves in the sense that you are sold upon a block but you are slaves nevertheless The only difference is that you are hired slaves instead of block slaves You have to dread the idea of being unemployed and of being compelled to support your masters Mother Jones makes a similar statement I learned that in 1865 after the close of the Civil War a group of men met in Louisville Kentucky They came from the North and from the South they were the blues and the greys who a year or two before had been fighting each other over the uestion of chattel slavery They decided that the time had come to formulate a program to fight another brutal form of slavery industrial slavery Out of this decision had come the Knights of Labor The general notion that slavery is in some way related to circumstances of wage labour is actually fairly old going back at least to Cicero Marx wrote about it in this way Whilst the cotton industry introduced child slavery in England it gave in the United States a stimulus to the transformation of the earlier or less patriarchal slavery into a system of commercial exploitation In fact the veiled slavery of the wage workers in Europe needed for its pedestal slavery pure and simple in the new world Whatever you might think of this term wage slavery I do think Robert Service s poem gets at a lot of the the proletariat struggles of Yukon s gold rush years I was just like a child with money I flung it away with a curseFeasting a fawning parasite or glutting a harlot s purseThen back to the woods repentant back to the mill or the mineI the worker of workers everything in my lineEverything hard but headwork I d no brains than a kidA brute with brute strength to labour doing as I was bid I was discussing this with a friend over a late evening sipping on winter melon punch He lamented over how his girlfriend s small town working class family spent so much money on gifts for everyone over Christmas and how they usually blew their money on alcohol every weekend and that if only they could be like his family and learn how to save and organize their finances they could leave a nice inheritance for their children in the future I mentioned to him this passage by Engels I came across in The Conditions of the Working Class in England The slave is assured of a bare livelihood by the self interest of his master the serf has at least a scrap of land on which to live each has at worst a guarantee for life itself But the proletarian must depend upon himself alone and is yet prevented from so applying his abilities as to be able to rely upon them Everything that the proletarian can do to improve his position is but a drop in the ocean compared with the floods of varying chances to which he is exposed over which he has not the slightest controlTo save is unavailing for at the utmost he cannot save than suffices to sustain life for a short time while if he falls out of work it is for no brief period To accumulate lasting property for himself is impossible and if it were not he would only cease to be a working man and another would take his place What better thing can he do then when he gets high wages than live well upon them The English bourgeoisie is violently scandalised at the extravagant living of the workers when wages are high yet it is not only very natural but very sensible of them to enjoy life when they can instead of laying up treasures which are of no lasting use to them and which in the end moth and rust ie the bourgeoisie get possession of Yet such a life is demoralising beyond all others Robert Service goes on to describe the despairing conditions of gold rush era Yukon in his Song of the Wage Slave Living in camps with men folk a lonely and loveless life Never knew kiss of sweetheart never caress of wifeYet how I d ha treasured a woman and the sweet warm kiss of a child How often do these landscapes of austere alienation take form under the aegis of a hyper extractive economy such as the mining of a commodity like gold Exploitative sex work and the tearing apart of families are but symptoms of capitalist extraction generally and most fittingly the extraction of a relatively useless commodity especially in the 19th centuryIn the opening poem Law of the Yukon Service expresses this deep yearning of the land to overcome alienation and become wedded to a people who really loved the land instead of a soulless economy that merely pillages it Dreaming alone of a people dreaming alone of a dayWhen men shall not rape my riches and curse me and go away Making a bawd of my bounty fouling the hand that gave Till I rise in my wrath and I sweep on their path and I stamp them into a graveDreaming of men who will bless me of women esteeming me goodOf children born in my borders of radiant motherhood Of cities leaping to stature of fame like a flag unfurledAs I pour the tide of my riches in the eager lap of the world It is this eschatological beauty that I appreciate so much in Service s poetry especially his poem The Cremation of Sam McGee where cremation becomes a charmingly humorous site of resurrection I will ashamedly confess that Ronald Reagan ew was a big fan of Robert Service a SOCIALIST poet did I mention that and recited The Cremation of Sam McGee to himself sometimes at night as a child to help fall asleep as well as The Shooting of Dan McGrew which Reagan claims to have recited to Trudeau and the ueen Mother at a state dinner An evangelical favourite reciting poetry by an atheist albeit an interesting one A nice verse for demonstration When the long long day is over and the Big Boss gives me my payI hope that it won t be hell fire as some of the parsons sayAnd I hope that it won t be heaven with some of the parsons I ve met All I want is just uiet just to rest and forget This is the way Edward J Cowan describes Robert Service He was a man who loved the good life yet who subjected himself to long periods of near ascetic self denial and discomfort a Calvinist atheist who detested religion but who enjoyed attending church This verse was one of my favourite Service verses because it s so like the majestic but anthropomorphic God of Genesis who is tired and rests on the seventh day No There s the land Have you seen itIt s the cussedest land that I knowFrom the big dizzy mountains that screen itTo the deep deathlike valleys belowSome say God was tired when He made it Some say it s a fine land to shun Maybe but there s some as would trade itFor no land on earth and I m one Finally I will end with a short but beautiful poem of Service s called My Madonna There are some chauvinistic lines in there but the overall arch is beautiful I haled me a woman from the streetShameless but oh so fairI bade her sit in the model s seatAnd I painted her sitting thereI hid all trace of her heart unclean I painted a babe at her breast I painted her as she might have beenIf the Worst had been the BestShe laughed at my picture and went awayThen came with a knowing nodA connoisseur and I heard him say Tis Mary the Mother of GodSo I painted a halo round her hairAnd I sold her and took my feeAnd she hangs in the church of Saint HilaireWhere you and all may see


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  • Hardcover
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  • Songs of a Sourdough
  • Robert W. Service
  • English
  • 04 July 2020
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