Friday, February 4, 2011
Karintha and Dusk/Dust
So, in reading Karintha I immediately noticed the number of times Toomer uses "dusk" or "dust" in both the stanzas and the many narrative. From my initial count, Toomer uses dusk or dust TWELVE times, so to me that means these words must have some importance, either that or Toomer just really likes the word. In the most basic of explanations, Karintha's skin is described as having the same color as the horizon at dusk. This description brings to mind a darker reddish hue, which to me suggests that she is not from a completely African-American ancestery and perhaps her parents were of mixed descent. However, in evoking dusk as a color of the sunrise, I cant help but think that the act of the sun setting must itself have some sort of signficance as well. Is Toomer trying to suggest that Karintha somehow suggests the beginning? Dusk on the eastern horizon could mean two things: the color of the eastern sky at surnise, or perhaps the reflection of the sun setting in the western sky. Any thoughts, fellow critics?