Poems »

James Weldon Johnson was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership within the NAACP as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and anthologies. He was also the first African-American professor at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University.

FAVORITE (2 fans)

List of poems by James Weldon Johnson 63 total

O Black And Unknown Bards
 208 ViewsRate it
Go Down, Death
 197 ViewsRate it
Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey
 179 ViewsRate it
The Prodigal Son
 154 ViewsRate it
A Mid-Day Dreamer
 137 ViewsRate it
 133 ViewsRate it
You's Sweet to Yo' Mammy de Same
 129 ViewsRate it
Prayer At Sunrise
 126 ViewsRate it
Morning, Noon and Night
 126 ViewsRate it
An Explanation 123 ViewsRate it
The Gift to Sing
 119 ViewsRate it
 117 ViewsRate it
From The Spanish 114 ViewsRate it
Ghosts Of The Old Year
 113 ViewsRate it
Mother Night
 113 ViewsRate it
 113 ViewsRate it
Nobody's Lookin' But De Owl An' De Moon
 112 ViewsRate it
Beauty that Is Never Old
 107 ViewsRate it
The Reward 107 ViewsRate it
The Young Warrior
 105 ViewsRate it
Possum Song
 104 ViewsRate it
The Color Sergeant
 103 ViewsRate it
I Hear The Stars Still Singing 100 ViewsRate it
 99 ViewsRate it
The White Witch
 99 ViewsRate it
Dat Gal o' Mine 97 ViewsRate it
Listen, Lord: A Prayer
 93 ViewsRate it
Down By the Carib Sea
 92 ViewsRate it
And the Greatest of These Is War
 91 ViewsRate it
Father, Father Abraham
 90 ViewsRate it
Her Eyes Twin Pools
 89 ViewsRate it
Sence You Went Away
 87 ViewsRate it
Lift Every Voice and Sing
 85 ViewsRate it
 85 ViewsRate it
Before a Painting
 84 ViewsRate it
Brer Rabbit You's de Cutes' of 'Em All
 82 ViewsRate it
The Glory of the Day Was In Her Face
 82 ViewsRate it
A Banjo Song 80 ViewsRate it
To Horace Bumstead
 78 ViewsRate it
Voluptas 76 ViewsRate it
 75 ViewsRate it
The Awakening
 71 ViewsRate it
The Creation
 69 ViewsRate it
Fifty Years (1863-1913)
 69 ViewsRate it
The Temptress
 68 ViewsRate it
From The Spanish Of Placido
 66 ViewsRate it
Venus in the Garden
 64 ViewsRate it
To America 62 ViewsRate it
A Poet To His Baby Son
 61 ViewsRate it
Deep In the Quiet Wood
 60 ViewsRate it
The Rivals
 60 ViewsRate it
The Black Mammy
 58 ViewsRate it
July In Georgy
 55 ViewsRate it
From The German Of Uhland
 54 ViewsRate it
The Seasons
 54 ViewsRate it
The Suicide
 50 ViewsRate it
The Word Of An Engineer
 44 ViewsRate it
The Ghost of Deacon Brown
 42 ViewsRate it
De Little Pickaninny's Gone to Sleep 41 ViewsRate it
Omar 39 ViewsRate it
 38 ViewsRate it
O Southland!
 31 ViewsRate it
Girl of Fifteen
 27 ViewsRate it

Share your thoughts on James Weldon Johnson's poems with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this poet to your bibliography:


    "James Weldon Johnson" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 26 Jan. 2021. <https://www.poetry.com/poet/James+Weldon+Johnson>.

    Missing a poem of James Weldon Johnson?

    Know another great poem from James Weldon Johnson? Don't keep it to yourself!


    Are you a poetry master?

    "If ever two were one, then surely we."
    • A. Hilda Doolittle
    • B. Sylvia Plath
    • C. Anne Bradstreet
    • D. Anne Sexton