Cane and Form

“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 down.
Goes down. . ” (Toomer, 5).

This poem featured at the very start of the novel repeats itself and grows longer throughout Karintha’s section. Karintha’s appearance and skin is being emphasized because that is what defines her in the eyes of the men around her. However, “Men do not know that the soul of her was a growing thing ripened too soon”. They do not truly know Karintha.