Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest

By Robert Louis Stevenson 1850–1894
Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest —
      Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest —
      Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

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Poet Robert Louis Stevenson 1850–1894

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Activities, Eating & Drinking

Holidays New Year

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 Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louis Stevenson is best known as the author of the children’s classic Treasure Island, and the adult horror story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Both of these novels have curious origins. A map of an imaginary island gave Stevenson the idea for the first story, and a nightmare supplied the premise of the second. In addition to memorable origins, these tales also share Stevenson’s key theme: the . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Eating & Drinking

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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