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Josephine Jacobsen was born August 19, 1908, in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. Soon after her birth, Jacobsen's family moved from Canada to New York. The Jacobsens then moved to Baltimore, Maryland, when Josephine was fourteen years old. She was educated by private tutors at Roland Park Country School and graduated in 1926. Jacobsen was renowned as a poet, short-story writer, and critic. She served as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congressfrom 1971 to 1973 (a position that has since been renamed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry) and as honorary consultant in American letters from 1973 to 1979. In addition to these duties, Jacobsen was the vice president of the Poetry Society of America in 1978 and 1979. Jacobsen was also a member of both the literature panel for the National Endowment of the Arts and the poetry committee of Folger Library from 1979 to 1983. Somehow, amidst all these remarkable responsibilities, Jacobsen was able to write numerous collections, including, bu...
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In the opening stanza of "Fiddler Crab," Jacobsen describes the fiddler crab as it moves through its routine on the beach. The prehistoric beast "veers," "glides," and "dithers." It repeats its motions endlessly, over and over, as if it is completing its necessary tasks. With this descriptive stanza, Jacobsen intends to draw similarities between the fiddler crab and other organisms. She compares the crab to a horse, stating the crab's "front legs paw the air like a stallion." However, the cra...
In the second stanza, Jacobsen portrays the crab's world: the rocky beach and the shifting tide. The water on the beach moves over the rocks, and "foam yelps leaping." The big rocks are "glutted with breathers under their clamped clasp." Jacobsen is describing the rocks covered with barnacles and other shellfish, holding desperately to the rocks as the waves wash over them, creating frothy, turbulent waters. She alludes to the waves as a "lacy wink" that "lapses and dulls." The waves on the b...
In the third stanza, Jacobsen enters the poem as a first-person voice. She witnesses and observes the crab's plight and struggle against the tide. She writes, "I saw the fiddler crab veer, glide, prance, / dither and paw, in elliptical rushes / skirt the white curve and flatten on the black / shine." The crab is battling against the elements, trying its best to survive and live well as the tide rushes forward. Jacobsen is empathizing with the crab from the common ground that all organisms mus...
The Levels of Time
In Jacobsen's poem "Fiddler Crab," time is a principal theme. Time plays a tricky role in the lives of most humans. Frequently, time seems to pass at differing rates. Sometimes it flies by, and at other moments it creeps. When a person looks back on events from the past, some of them seem as if they happened only yesterday, while others seem as if they happened to a different person, in a different life. Oddly, these feelings may not be hinged to events chronologically. In fact, more often th...In "Fiddler Crab," Jacobsen draws a connection between herself as a human being and the fiddler crab she observes on a beach. Her poem intricately ties humanity to all living things through shared...Select an animal that you feel mimics your life and write a poem describing the animal, its movements and activities in the world, and its relation to you. Beyond simple observation of the animal,...Jacobsen was a devout Catholic, and although her work is not heavily religious, it does carry a clear spiritual message. What other stories or poems have you read that also carry a spiritual messag...Jacobsen began writing poetry and fiction at the age of ten. Her work was always heavily influenced by her Catholic upbringing, and her devotion to Catholicism did not waver. Select another poet fr...
Narrative poetry is generally a nondramatic style of poetry in which the author tells a story. In "Fiddler Crab," Jacobsen tells a story about the life of a fiddler crab on a beach. The construction of the narrative is simple. Jacobsen witnesses the crab's activities and motion on the beach, battling the surf. She describes the beauty of the water, the rocks, and the frothing waves. Jacobsen brings herself into the narrative, imitating the crab with her hand and casting a shadow across the be...
In "Fiddler Crab," the crab takes on human qualities, showing the similarities between Jacobsen and the crab. The crab's "body glides" and "dithers" like that of a dancer or a boxer. The creature observes and reacts to life, and Jacobsen refers to the crab in a friendly way, calling the creature "he" and "him." The crab's human qualities lead Jacobsen to believe that they share a common struggle, which in turn suggests to Jacobsen that they share a common god. Without some catalyst to draw a...
The Effects of Irregular Rhythm
Although the poem is narrative in style and tells the story of the fiddler crab, it also irregularly changes rhythm, instilling different emotions in the reader. The first three stanzas are frantic and frenetic as the crab eludes the waves, whereas the last three are slow and introspective. Even though the crab's struggle for survival wanes and eventually ends in the last three stanzas, the rhythm of the poem does not reflect sadness. Instead it presents the crab's death rather in a matter-of...
Spirituality and Catholicism
Jacobsen's "Fiddler Crab" is set in an indeterminate time and a nonspecific place. The poem has no direct relationship to any moment in history for two reasons. First, a primary theme of the poem is time and its levels. To adequately address the questions of the levels of time (for example, eternity), framing life between birth and death, a sense of proportion, and so forth, the poem cannot be fixed to or affected by any one relative moment. In order for Jacobsen's observations and commentary...1950s: The U.S. presidency term is restricted to eight years.Today:The U.S. presidency is still restricted to eight years, but there are discussions about removing the requirement that an individua...1950s: It is reported that lung cancer is linked directly to smoking. However, tobacco companies continue to produce and sell cigarettes without any repercussions.Today:Millions of people still smo...1950s: James Watson and Francis Crick decipher the structure of DNA, opening an entirely new field of biological study: genetics.Today:DNA is at the forefront of scientific exploration into genetic...1950s: Racial segregation in American schools is declared unconstitutional.Today:Although racial segregation is still unconstitutional, the American education system continues to suffer under the d...
Given that Jacobsen is considered a contemporary poet, there has been a surprisingly substantial amount of criticism written about her work. On the other hand, it might be fair to say that very little has been written about her body of work that spans eight decades. Regardless, Nancy Sullivan's praise in the Hollins Criticsummarizes Jacobsen's greatness, stating, "The energy and quality of Josephine Jacobsen's work in poetry, fiction, and criticism, as well as her public service on behalf of poetry, are remarkable." Jacobsen is easily one of the twentieth-century's greatest poets, writers, lecturers, and critics. Her work is highly spiritual, yet not preachy or overtly in support of a religious doctrine. Although she was a devout Catholic, her poems explore her individual pursuit of spirituality, her personal interpretations of the word of God, and her never-ending search for answers to the mysteries of life and faith. The collection that contains "Fiddler Crab" may be Jacobsen's gr...
Martinelli is a Seattle-based freelance writer and editor. In this essay, he examines how Jacobsen uses the poetic narrative to tell a story about the life of a fiddler crab and then from the story makes the claim that all life comes from one god. The poem "Fiddler Crab" appears in Jacobsen's expansive collection In the Crevice of Time: New and Collected Poems, published in 1995. The work is a short narrative poem telling the story of a fiddler crab's life and death. It is nondramatic, but th...
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