Poetry Plus – Music in the Bush – A poem by Robert William Service

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Music in the Bush by Robert William Service (Excerpt)

Shadows Death Robed Lie

Shadows death robed lie
Sorrow’s moonlit meadows sleep
Silence mourning weeps

Robert William Service, (1874 -1958)the renowned poet of the Yukon, was born in England, The son of a bank cashier, Service was the eldest of four siblings. At the age of five, Service went to Scotland to live with his grandfather and three young aunts.He rejoined his family in 1883 when they too moved to Scotland.

Service attended the University of Glasgow to study English Literature. He was quickly identified as one of the brightest in his class, though he also proved to be a bit audacious.

His essay on Ophelia’s questionable “purity” in Hamlet was received with disgust by his professor, who called Service’s interpretation of the text obscene. Not content with such a response, Service challenged the professor to a fight outside…

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