Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

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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...

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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"Fiddler Jones" is one of the happier poems in Edgar Lee Masters's Spoon River Anthology. It tells the story of a man who loved music and privileged what he loved—playing the fiddle and listening to music—over the work of farming. Before reading the poem, we can see his nickname, "Fiddler," which tells us that he was known for playing a fiddle. Thus, the reader is already prepared with an image of a man who found joy in music.

The first two lines of the poem connect the feeling of music with that of being alive:

THE EARTH keeps some vibration going

There in your heart, and that is you.

Fiddler Jones was a man who worked with the earth—he was a farmer—and, therefore, was connected to the steady rhythm of life, which he sensed in the soil, in his fiddle, and in his own heart.

He dedicated his time to fiddling because he discovered that he had a talent that gave others pleasure:

And if the people find you can fiddle,

Why, fiddle you must, for all your life.

Fiddler's joy of music gave him a...

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