Georgia Douglas Johnson


A member of the Harlem Renaissance, Georgia Douglas Johnson wrote plays, a syndicated newspaper column, and four collections of poetry: The Heart of a Woman (1918), Bronze (1922), An Autumn Love Cycle (1928), and Share My World (1962). Johnson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to parents of African American, Native American, and English descent. She graduated from Atlanta University Normal College and studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland College of Music. After graduation, she taught and worked as an assistant principal. In 1910 she moved with her husband to Washington, D.C. When her husband died in 1925, Johnson supported her two sons by working temporary jobs until she was hired by the Department of Labor. Source

The Dreams of the Dreamer

The dreams of the dreamer

   Are life-drops that pass

The break in the heart

   To the soul’s hour-glass.


The songs of the singer

   Are tones that repeat

The cry of the heart

   ‘Till it ceases to beat.





Literary Movements:

Harlem Renaissance

Anthology Years:



Death & Loss

Music & Sports

Literary Devices:


a line break interrupting the middle of a phrase which continues on to the next line


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


The use of multiple words with the same root in different forms.


A stanza made of four lines.


correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry