Prose / Poetic style in Cane

“O singers, resinous and soft your songs

Above the sacred whisper of the pines,

Give virgin lips no cornfield concubiines,

Bring dreams of Christ to dusky cane-lipped throngs” (Toomer 18)

Michlin, M. (1997). Jean Toomer: Cane. Paris: Didier Eruditon-CNED.

The last stanza of the poem “Georgia Dusk”. Throughout the novel are a combination of poems, prose, and stream of conscious narration. This makes for unique prospectives and connections to the material. In addition to the world building, there is also lyrical poems that reinforce the themes of the novel.