Books: Rhyming Was His Ruin

PLOUGHMAN OF THE MOON — Robert Service— Dodd, Mead ($3.50).

"I was always in love with rhyme," confesses Robert Service. "If two lines could be made to clink it seemed to go a long way to justify them. . . . Rhyming has my ruin been. With less deftness I might have produced real poetry." Many a middle-aged American would not trade The Shooting of Dan McGrew or The Cremation of Sam McGee for all the "real poetry" in the language. Robert W. Service rarely shows up in the better anthologies or in college English courses.

But in money-talking terms of copies sold,...

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