Jean Toomer’s, Cane, Linkage

“Wind is in the cane. Come along. Cane leaves swaying, rusty with talk, Scratching choruses above the guinea’s squawk, Wind is in the cane. Come along” (Toomer, 11).

Toomer, Jean. Cane. Dover Publications, Inc., 2019.

Jean Toomer opens up many of his chapters with a small poem containing information about the following chapter. However, I noticed how when Toomer does open his chapters with these small poems, there is a lot of repetition each time he does this. For example, ‘Come along’ and ‘Wind is in the Cane’  is repeated two times in this short poem and if we look at other poems before the start of new chapters, we see similar types of repetition.