Lift Every Voice And Sing: Selected Poems by James Weldon JohnsonLift Every Voice And Sing: Selected Poems by James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice And Sing: Selected Poems

byJames Weldon JohnsonForeword bySondra Kathryn Wilson

Paperback | February 1, 2000

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This selection of more than forty poems from a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance includes both uncompromising indictments of racial injustice and celebrations of the triumphs of African-Americans.

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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, ...
Title:Lift Every Voice And Sing: Selected PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7.75 × 5.07 × 0.3 inPublished:February 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014118387x

ISBN - 13:9780141183879


Table of Contents

Lift Every Voice and SingPreface by Sondra Kathryn Wilson

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
The Black Mammy
Mother, Farewell! (from the Spanish of Placido)
Girl of Fifteen
The Suicide

Down by the Carib Sea -
Sunrise in the Tropics
Los Cigarrillos
The Lottery Girl
The Dancing Girl
Sunset in the Tropics

Deep in the Quiet Wood
Prayer at Sunrise
Her Eyes Twin Pools
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
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
A Note on Placido's "Mother, Farewell!"

From Our Editors

Penguin Classics presents this outstanding collection of poetry from a truly heroic and talented man. Lift Every Voice and Sing: Selected Poems features more than forty poems by James Weldon Johnson, a gifted writer who also excelled in writing song lyrics, works of fiction and essays. His hard-hitting and well-crafted poetry does not shy away from the ugly faces of racism and segregation. An inspiration to people of all races, Johnson was the first African-American that Florida admitted to the state bar.