Posted by **greeny** on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8:15pm.

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.

By Jean Toomer

I need help understand and analyzing this poem. I'm not quite sure what he is talking about at all? I know that he uses imagery and repetition a lot, are there any other literary devices? Thanks!

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**Writeacher**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8:19pm
Follow the directions in here. Let me know what you come up with:

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/poetry-explications/

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**greeny**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8:46pm
so i think he talks about himself as a dancer who tries to find his idenity through his own work. And he doesn't want to sink into the sand. is there anything else?

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**Writeacher**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8:50pm
I think this part indicates that he sees himself as a valuable part of something huge ... and he likes it!

*... 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.

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**greeny**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:10pm
what does it mean by his diamond body of his being?

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**Writeacher**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:18pm
I take "diamond" to mean the core of his being.

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