The Heart of a Woman

By Georgia Douglas Johnson 1880–1966
The heart of a woman goes forth with the dawn,
As a lone bird, soft winging, so restlessly on,
Afar o’er life’s turrets and vales does it roam
In the wake of those echoes the heart calls home.

The heart of a woman falls back with the night,
And enters some alien cage in its plight,
And tries to forget it has dreamed of the stars
While it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars.

Source: The Heart of a Woman and Other Poems (The Cornhill Company, 1918)

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Poet Georgia Douglas Johnson 1880–1966

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Harlem Renaissance

Subjects Gender & Sexuality, Social Commentaries

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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 . . .

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SUBJECT Gender & Sexuality, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Harlem Renaissance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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