Complete Poems

Complete Poems

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) James Weldon Johnson

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 202 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 184g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141185457
  • ISBN 13: 9780141185453
  • Sales rank: 1,328,565

Product description

2000 marks the centenary of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," James Weldon Johnson's most famous lyric, which is now embraced as the Negro National Anthem. In celebration, this Penguin original collects all the poems from Johnson's published works--Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917), God's Trombones (1927), and Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day (1935)--along with a number of previously unpublished poems.Sondra Kathryn Wilson, the foremost authority on Johnson and his work, provides an introduction that sheds light on Johnson's many achievements and his pioneering contributions to recording and celebrating the African American experience.

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Author information

James Weldon Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1871. Among the first to break through the barriers segregating his race, he was educated at Atlanta University and at Columbia and was the first black admitted to the Florida bar. He was also, for a time, a songwriter in New York, American consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua, executive secretary of the NAACP, and professor of creative literature at Fisk University--experiences recorded in his autobiography, Along This Way. Other books by him include Saint Peter Relates an Incident, Black Manhattan, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. In addition to his own writing, Johnson was the editor of pioneering anthologies of black American poetry and spirituals. He died in 1938.

Table of contents

Complete PoemsIntroduction Suggestions for Further Reading Chronology Part I. God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse Preface to God's Trombones Listen, Lord - A Prayer The Creation The Prodigal Son Go Down Death - A Funeral Sermon Noah Built the Ark The Crucifixion Let My People Go The Judgment Day Part II. Saint Peter Relates an Incident and Fifty Years and Other Poems Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day O Black and Unknown Bards Brothers - American Drama O Southland! We to America Mother Night The Young Warrior The White Witch My City The Glory of the Day Was in Her Face Life The Black Mammy Fragment Mother, Farewell! (from the Spanish of Placido) Girl of Fifteen The Suicide Down by the Carib Sea I. Sunrise in the Tropics II. Los Cigarrillos III. Teestay IV. The Lottery Girl V. The Dancing Girl VI. Sunset in the Tropics Deep in the Quiet Wood Prayer at Sunrise Her Eyes Twin Pools Vashti If I Were Paris Ghosts of the Old Year Beauty Never Old Blessed Sleep The Greatest of These Is War A Poet to His Baby Son Ma Lady's Lips Am Like de Honey A Plantation Bacchanal Tunk Brer Rabbit, You's de Cutes' of 'Em All Answer to Prayer A Banjo Song The Rivals Sence You Went Away Lift Every Voice and Sing Envoy Introduction to Fifty Years and Other Poems by Brander Matthews Fifty Years To Horace Bumstead The Color Sergeant From the German of Uhland Before a Painting I Hear the Stars Still Singing A Mid-Day Dreamer The Temptress The Ghost of Deacon Brown "Lazy" Omar Voluptas (I) The Word of an Engineer The Gift to Sing Morning, Noon and Night The Awakening Venus in a Garden Nobody's Lookin' But de Owl and de Moon You's Sweet to Yo' Mammy Jes de Same July in Georgy Dat Gal o' Mine The Seasons 'Possum Song An Explanation De Little Pickaninny's Gone to Sleep Part III. The College Years and Other Poems Moods A Passing Melody The River Helene The Class of '94 Grandmother's Bible A Dream Sonnet Sonnet - The Secret Class Poem Voluptas (II) Optimistic Sam Mobile Mardi Gras After My First Week Teaching in the Country To a Brook Near My School House A Recollection The Last Waltz To a Friend Only Trust Me A Brand Christmas Carol Miserable To H.B. To a Friend, with a Rose A Heathen To My Valentine Ode to Florida Acknowledgment The Passionate Lover Art vs. Trade The Poet's Harp I Love Thee Still To Louie (I) A Fragment (I) Untitled Poem ("Was what you thought love, but passing") Untitled Poem ("Come with me my love and wander")