By Georgia Douglas Johnson 1880–1966
The phantom happiness I sought
   O’er every crag and moor;
I paused at every postern gate,
   And knocked at every door;

In vain I searched the land and sea,
   E’en to the inmost core,
The curtains of eternal night
   Descend—my search is o’er.

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 Disappointment & Failure


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 Disappointment & Failure

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Harlem Renaissance

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