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Can someone give me an analysis of the poem "Fiddler Jones", which is a part of the...

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j1dunn | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM via web

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Can someone give me an analysis of the poem "Fiddler Jones", which is a part of the book "Spoon River Anthology"?

Can someone give me an analysis of the poem "Fiddler Jones", which is a part of the book Spoon River Anthology?

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted August 18, 2010 at 11:56 PM (Answer #1)

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Fiddler Jones notes that even within the earth there are vibrations, which I take to mean rhythm. While others farm or raise cattle, Fiddler Jones is constantly distracted by musical images in nature, whether it be bird song or the wind rustling like women's dresses at a dance. He should be plowing or doing something like the others of his time, but even the people themselves take him away for his musical abilities to enliven the deary, backbreaking labor that life offers them. Even though Mr. Jones has no productive farm, he has no regrets about the life he lived. His legacy was a fiddle worn out from use, and the memory of his music to those who enjoyed it.

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