'The Ballad of the Ice-Worm Cocktail' by Robert Service Essay

754 Words Jan 15th, 2007 2 Pages
Robert Service was a very skilled author and poet. One of his most famous poems is The Ballad of the Ice-Worm Cocktail. First, I will present a brief biography on Robert Service, influences on his writing, a brief summary of the poem, the poetic devices used, the theme of the poem, and finally, my personal opinion of the poem.

Robert Service was born in Preston, Lancashire, England in 1876. He attended Hillhead High School in Glasgow, England and later completed his schooling at the University of Glasgow. At age 21, Service imigrated to Canada, and traveled up and down the Pacific slope, usually on freight trains. Service began to write 7 years later, and his first book was titled Songs of a Sourdough. Service published poetry throughout
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However, Percy didn 't hear the cheering because he felt sick and needed to leave. Everyone tried to make him stay, but he left anyways. The next day, Major Brown was the talk of the town. It turns out the "ice-worm" was really just a stained piece of spaghetti with two red ink spots for eyes.

There are many poetic devices used in this poem. The first one is emphasis. Emphasis is used by the author to make the reader pay attention to certain words. The specific type

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