Analysis of A Portrait in Georgia

Jean Toomer 1894 (Washington, D.C.) – 1967 (Doylestown)



Hair-braided chestnut,
coiled like a lyncher's rope,
Eyes-fagots,
Lips-old scars, or the first red blisters,
Breath-the last sweet scent of cane,
And her slim body, white as the ash
of black flesh after flame.


Scheme ABCCDEF
Poetic Form
Metre 1101 11011 11 111101110 1011111 001101101 111101
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 211
Words 36
Sentences 2
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 7
Lines Amount 7
Letters per line (avg) 23
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 163
Words per stanza (avg) 34
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Jean Toomer

Jean Toomer was an American poet and novelist and an important figure of the Harlem Renaissance. more…

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