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Portrait in Georgia

Portrait in Georgia

  

by Jean Toomer

Portrait in Georgia Summary

"Portrait in Georgia" describes a lynching victim's body. Or does it describe a woman's body? The poem starts describing the hair and works its way down the body. Each body part described is connected in some way to a violent act associated with the racist hate crime, but by the end of the poem, it seems like the speaker has actually been describing a woman.

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