Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

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Why is Minerva Jones the object of ridicule and laughter while she is alive?

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In poem 21 of Edgar Lee Masters' collection Spoon River Anthology , Minerva Jones speaks to the reader from her grave. Minerva, the village poet, is ridiculed by the town because she is disabled. She relates that she had a "heavy body, cock-eye, and rolling walk" which suggests that she had difficulty moving and that she had what we might call...

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