The Cremation of Sam McGee

Yesterday afternoon a colleague of mine gave a colloquium in the Anthropology Department. After the lecture, several folks headed down to the nearest libation-serving outside patio (as it was a nice spring afternoon) to pretend to be intellectual and discuss topics of great importance *chuckle*

This colleague was from Arkansas, but was born in Alaska. . . This had been revealed during his introduction, so I asked him about it and mentioned that it reminded me of a poem that my grandfather used to recite about a Tennesseean who died in the Alaska cold. My colleague immediately launched into Robert Service’s Cremation of Sam McGee line by line without pausing. . . Sure, I know it’s a classic, but the recitation was impressive nonetheless.

Check out the poem at:

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4 Comments on “The Cremation of Sam McGee”

  1. Anonymous
    January 27, 2006 at 10:07 am #

    Actually, he died in the Yukon cold – not Alaskan. The Yukon Territory is part of Canada. Thanks.

  2. June 1, 2006 at 12:11 am #

    Johnny Cash does a reading of “…Sam McGee” on his “new” cd. As you’d expect, it’s excellent. I’d pay money to hear him recite the alphabet.

  3. artyutyiuio
    August 9, 2006 at 1:25 pm #

    Here are some links that I believe will be interested

  4. jake
    November 13, 2007 at 12:29 am #

    i think sam mcgee was weird~!

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