Analysis of The Lost Dancer
Jean Toomer 1894 (Washington, D.C.) – 1967 (Doylestown)
Spatial depths of being survive
The birth to death recurrences
Of feet dancing on earth of sand;
Vibrations of the dance survive
The sand; the sand, elect, survives
The dancer. He can find no source
Of magic adequate to bind
The sand upon his feet, his feet
Upon his dance, his dance upon
The diamond body of his being.
|Poetic Form||Etheree (30%)
|Metre||10111001 01111 11101111 01010101 01010101 01011111 11010011 01011111 01111101 010101110|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Letters per line (avg)||25|
|Words per line (avg)||6|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||253|
|Words per stanza (avg)||59|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
Modified on March 17, 2023
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