Course Overview

Dismissed by devotees of “high brow” literature, Robert Service is disdained as a “people’s poet.”  Printers recited his ballads still wet with ink as they came off the presses.  Book salesmen couldn’t keep them in stock although his writing was considered “comically crude.”  Service’s minister chastised him for the wickedness of his first book of verse. Properly chagrined, Service went right on signing autographs and collecting royalties equal to $2.7 million today. He wrote verse about cowboys, gold miners, ambulance drivers, and Bohemians in Paris’s Latin Quarter – as well as thriller novels that would be made into silent movies and talkies. He even appeared in one along with Marlene Dietrich.

If serious poetry is a “vale of tears,” Service hands you a hankie and a guffaw.  What else would you expect from a poem entitled “the Battle of the Bulge”?  Brave souls fighting in an Allied offensive?  No, brave souls fighting middle-aged spread.  “No more will sausage, bacon, eggs provide my breakfast fare . . . Let bran and cottage cheese suffice my gastronomic needs, And lettuce be my ally in the Battle of the Bulge.” 

Join us for a poet considered “low brow” and loved for it.

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In-Person Class
1:00PM to 3:00PM
Oct 16, 2024
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Fee non-credit $25.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 13, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 13, 2024

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