The Measure

By Georgia Douglas Johnson 1880–1966
Fierce is the conflict—the battle of eyes,
Sure and unerring, the wordless replies,
Challenges flash from their ambushing caves—
Men, by their glances, are masters or slaves.

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 Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

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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 Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Harlem Renaissance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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