“The Cremation of Sam McGee”. Concept: Ballad. Essential Question. This poem is actually a narrative poem because it tells a story. However, it is very similar to a ballad, which is a narrative song that tells about heroes and adventures. How is a narrative poem similar to a ballad?.
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This poem is actually a narrative poem because it tells a story. However, it is very similar to a ballad, which is a narrative song that tells about heroes and adventures.
How is a narrative poem similar to a ballad?
Most gold prospectors arrived in Skagway, Alaska, and ventured up through the treacherous region of the Yukon Territory to reach Dawson City, a central town during the Klondike gold rush.
This poem tells the story of Sam McGee, a gold prospector who travelled all the way from his home in Tennessee. Sam McGee hates the cold, and his only request of his sledding partner is to cremate him in a fire if he should die.
Line 33 states, “Now a promise made is a debt unpaid…”
In your opinion, what does this statement mean?
The following vocabulary words appear in the poem. How many do you already know?
Think about the elements of poetry that we have studied this year. In your notes, make a list of the literary devices that Robert Service uses in the poem and find an example in the poem.
Country singing legend Johnny Cash made one of the most famous recitations of this poem.
This poem really doesn’t seem to relate to our theme of American patriotism. However, you need to think about the character of Sam McGee and his motivation for leaving his home and journeying to the Klondike. How does Sam McGee illustrate the ideals of patriotism?
Answer this question in your notes.