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Georgia Douglas Johnson

Harlem Renaissance Poet

Harlem Ren

on 29 April 2013

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Transcript of Georgia Douglas Johnson

By: Bella Little, Nicole Vessells,
Sam Babineau, Griffin Hamel,
and Narmeen Rehman Georgia Douglas Johnson Early Life Biography I’m folding up my little dreams
Within my heart to-night,
And praying I may soon forget
The torture of their sight

For Time’s deft fingers scroll my brow
With fell relentless art-
I’m folding up my little dreams
To-night, within my heart! I Want to Die While You Love Me I want to die while you love me,
While yet you hold me fair,
While laughter lies upon my lips
And lights are in my hair.

I want to die while you love me
And bear to that still bed
Your kisses turbulent, unspent
To warm me when I’m dead.

I want to die while you love me;
Oh, who would care to live
Till love has nothing more to ask
And nothing more to give?

I want to die while you love me,
And never, never see
The glory of this perfect day
Grow dim, or cease to be! 8-6-8-6 syllables
lyrical fluency Born in Atlanta but spent much of her childhood in Rome, Georgia
She taught herself how to play the violin
Graduated from Atlanta University Normal School in 1896
Taught school in Marietta, Georgia then later became the assistant principal at a school in Atlanta
She would later attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1902-1903 Career Began to submit poems to newspapers and small magazines
Published her first poem in 1916 at the age of 36
Had an open house on Saturday nights, Harlem renaissance writers (some of the most known and influential) attended and often debuted their writing to fellow authors
House was known as the S. Street Salon
Won many awards and received many honors for her poetry
Wrote over 200 poems, 28 plays and 31 short stories Family Married Henry Lincoln Johnson on September 28, 1903
She was a prominent Republican Party member and a lawyer
Had two sons, Henry Lincoln Johnson Jr. and Peter Douglas Johnson
Moved to Washington DC Born: September 10, 1886, Atlanta Georgia
Died: May 14, 1966, Washington D.C Repeats “I’m folding up my little dreams” and something along the lines of “within my heart to-night” at the very beginning and end of the poem.
Literal Meaning:
She no longer wants to see her dreams due to the horror that she experienced
quick and skillful, clever
8-6-8-6 syllables
Lyrical Fluency
she gave up on her dreams because of the horror she saw and time is running out so now she wants to tuck them away and forget they every existed.
We as people often try to escape the unpleasant results that come along with pursuing our dreams and we thus give up. My Little Dreams Calling Dreams The right to make my dreams come true
I ask, nay, I demand of life,
Nor shall fate's deadly contraband
Impede my steps, nor countermand.

Too long my heart against the ground
Has beat the dusty years around,
And now, at length, I rise, I wake!
And stride into the morning break! Literal Meaning: Philosophical Meaning: The right to dream is something expected, and I will let nothing get in the way of achieving my dreams. No matter the obstacles, she has the right to dream and she strives to achieve her dreams. Choral Reading Instructions/Explanation

Split the room into two teams
There are 14 trivia questions. One person from each team will come up and then they will answer a question. Each question correct is worth 2 points and if you want to "phone a friend" or eliminate an answer it takes off one point.
There are two "double or nothing" questions about the literary analysis. Basically, if you get it right the question will be worth four points and if you get it wrong the points will go to the other team.
Class Activity Works Cited Pictures from Choral Reading Biography Information
Charged words Figurative Language
Imagery Symbolism
Other Literary devices to note
-capitalization of Time shows significance.
The above aspects set the mood and establish the theme KEY Charged words Figurative Language
Imagery Symbolism
Other Literary devices to note
-Nothing more to life than love-Never wants this moment to end Not literal death- she doesn't want the love to end, and she wants to be with him forever. Thesis: Figurative: Repeats “I want to die while you love me” every stanza Literal Meaning: She wants to die while she is still loved Rhythm: Throughout life, loneliness is enough to encompass our state of mind to a point of desperation where we would rather die than suffer through it. These create a strong rhythm and mood while creatively establishing the message Key http://youtu.be/KAZoiOnlZ2 So you're probably wondering what just happened.... In the beginning, we showed some famous art pieces from the Harlem Renaissance to the music of a famous artist of the time--Billie Holiday
The next part shows a foggy hallway. This represents the dream. The door is the light at the end of the tunnel--it is the dream of freedom.
Next, people in blue shirts are walking up steps. The blue shirts are a representation of the dreamers (kind of goes with Gatsby)
Then, the video is not in a dreamlike fog, it is real. Bella is in a white shirt to represent reality. She is walking down the hallway that represented the dream and goes out the door towards freedom while the people in blue shirts watch, stuck in the dream.
This was a representation of a main idea in the Harlem Renaissance. A dream of freedom from segregation. As well as connecting to our third chosen poem, Calling Dreams, in regards to the theme of the journey to achieving your dreams. http://bit.ly/10e0KOk
http://bit.ly/9qIffO "Georgia Douglas Johnson." Georgia Douglas : Voices From the Gaps : University of Minnesota. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
"Georgia Douglas Johnson." Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
"Georgia Douglas JohnsonClassic Poems •Favorite•Edit•Add Poem." Allpoetry. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
"Georgia Douglas Johnson's Life and Career." Georgia Douglas Johnson's Life and Career. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
"New Georgia Encyclopedia: Georgia Douglas Johnson (ca. 1877-1966)." New Georgia Encyclopedia: Georgia Douglas Johnson (ca. 1877-1966). N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
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