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Reaction Paper - Jean Toomer Cane One not only reads Toomer one hears him his words live beyond the page full of rhythm sight and sound In the introduction it is said Toomer spent his later years wondering why the reading public of his day failed to see that Cane was a song of an end a song that had helped Toomer to put the racial disquiet within himself to restToomer 1168 Much of his writing seems to perhaps been hummed or muttered under the breath much like lyrics of a popular song exerting their influence It is at times dark and light free spirited even jovial but never meaningless In Toomers first story Karintha the opening stanza Her skin is like dusk on the eastern horizon O cant you see it O cant you see it Her skin is like dusk on the eastern horizon When the sun goes downToomer 1170 The story is presented in a call and response fashion much like a spiritual form The Stanza is repeated again at the end of the story Toomer uses both the ballad structure in Karintha and segments of poetry and prose that are blues like Seventh Street poem begins and is reaching out to be sung in the form of blues This gospel like song which is repeated at the end of the poem is a song that shows the corruption of the black man in this fast paced city and has a tone of sentimentality yearning for a transformation of the soul for these people The body of the poem is Toomers blunt views on Seventh Street in free verse The imagery is very intense and the rhythms and phrasings are very musical much like the story Theater The rhythms that are thrusting is an image interpreted several ways The most obvious would be of the actually music that the blacks were creating at that time
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