Portrait in Georgia
by Jean Toomer
Portrait in Georgia Violence Quotes
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coiled like a lyncher's rope (1-2)
The elements of the victim's body are connected to the tools used to inflict violence. The victim and the offender are blended together in this way—through the means of their violence.
"Fagots" are bundles of sticks, perhaps referring to the sticks to light the body on fire. Why would the victim's eyes be compared to a bundle of sticks? This line is the shortest in the poem with only two words. What is the effect of this brevity?