The poetic, “My little Dreams” was written BY GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON was written in October 1981. The author got the inspiration from her son, who was born with severe retardation. It was mainly written for the readers to know that life is not easy for everyone and you should always be positive. I have the same dream for a child, I had a child, and he was born with severe retardation. I didn’t know that he would leave me at age nine, but this poem made me feel better. Georgia also explains in her poem that life is full of struggles and problems; you should learn to solve them step by step. Don’t give up no matter how hard your dreams are because things will get better. The poem “The Heart of a Woman” was written in 1979 by GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON. Georgia was 30 years old. She had a small daughter who was born with severe retardation. She took care of her daughter and tried to guide her life in the best way possible. After writing this poem, Georgia’s daughter walked in the door walker at 14 years. This poem gave me the positive energy that I need to face every difficulty on my way. The poem makes me realize how important is family importance in our life because it protects us in difficult times but also help us when we are down to earth. The paper discusses the similarities and differences between the poem “My Little Dream” and “The Heart of Woman”.
“A Heart of a Woman” similar to the “My Little Dreams” by my little dreams because both are written for the reader to know that life isn’t easy for everybody. It would help if you always were positive (Cucinella and Catherine 177). Georgia tells us how she felt when her daughter was born with severe retardation in this poem. She could not go to school because she couldn’t hold her daughter in her hand, so she had to hold her daughter at a distance. The poem makes me realize that sometimes u are un ware what will happen in your life, but it will get better, and you’ll be able to control everything. “My Little Dreams” is exactly like the poem because it’s written for the reader to know that life isn’t easy for everybody and you should always be positive. In this poem, Georgia tells us about the dream that she had for her son and how she will give him a piece of cake every day.
Does the author use different stanza lengths in the poem “My little dreams”? Yes, she uses different stanza lengths in this poem, but it never changes its form. It’s more like a diary. An example of this is that some stanzas are long while some are short; it’s mostly cut into two parts, while in the Poem “The Heart of a Woman,” there is no difference. There are two stanzas that are long, and the other stanza is short.
Both poems have similarities and differences in musical flow, but my little dreams By Georgia Douglas Johnson have more differences in the musical flow. There are only two long stanzas, and every line of those two stanzas also has a different rhythm .it not like you can read every line out of it because of the way it’s written. The “Heart of a Woman” musical flow is more like a diary, but in my little dreams, there is no way people can keep reading it because of the rhythm. (Stimpson, 1998)
Images used in My little dreams in this poem are the sun-the day, the night, the stanza that is light and happy, and Stars-dreams; people can reach there if they try and don’t give up, while images used in the heart of a Woman is: The sea-the way it feels, the wave it gives you and the bitter taste of your tears. Both Poems have Similar in Theme and Style. The first poem is “My little dreams” This poem is about how she hopes for a better life for her son, how she dreams that he will be able to walk into school on his own two feet, how she wants him to learn how to read and write because every boy learns these simple things. This poem was very real because my older brother has Down syndrome.
The poem My Little Dreams is written for the reader to know that life isn’t easy for everyone and you should always be positive. The author says she is folding up her little dreams within her heart tonight and praying I may soon forget the torture of their sight. The poem “The Heart of a Woman is written for the reader to know that life isn’t easy for everyone and you should always be positive. The poet describes how she felt when her daughter was born with severe retardation, she had to take care of her daughter in a different way, and she couldn’t go to school because she couldn’t hold her daughter in her hand, so she had to hold her daughter at a distance. She also says that my little dreams are like my heart; they both have dreams.
The difference between the two poems in terms of the stylistic device is that the earlier poem “The Heart of a Woman” is more formal than the later poem “My little dreams.” The poet describes how she felt, and in her diary, she was writing down her feelings about her daughter, who was born with severe retardation. She describes in detail when she could go to school, but when she went to school, people thought that she didn’t know what to do, so they made fun of her by calling her retard.
Another similarity between the two poems is that the author talks to the readers like they are her family members; she advises on how we should try to solve our problems step by step, she wants us to be positive and never give up. Georgia explains in her poem that we should learn to solve our problems step by step, and she wants us always to be positive because life is full of struggles, you should learn to solve them in the best way possible, and you can’t do much about things that happen in your life.
She uses prose stanzas and couplets. “When I first held my little girl in my arms, Just three days old, I thought she’d be the greatest joy And how empty my arms were without her: She was real, so real and perfect still And yet all grown up when I laid her down. Now she is ten years old but still small to me and as beautiful as the day she was born. But my arms are empty; I am always alone. “my little dreams,” “my heart, dreams.” “I dream that all I can be is good enough, slender and strong like a willowy weed on a riverbank or a white birch, with arms open wide to embrace all that comes along.”
The author was inspired by her severely retarded kid. It was written to remind people that life isn’t always simple and stay cheerful. I had the same dream for a child, but he was born severely retarded. I had no idea he’d leave me at 9, yet this poetry made me feel better. A life full of hardships and problems should be solved step by step, Georgia emphasizes in her poetry. Never give up on your dreams because things will get better. “The Heart of a Woman” was written in 1979, when she was 30. Her daughter was born severely retarded. She took care of her kid and tried to help her in any way. Georgia’s 14-year-old daughter walked in after she wrote this poem. This poem gave me the positive spirit I need to face my challenges. The poem reminds me of the value of family in our lives, both in difficult times and in good times.
Cucinella, Catherine. “Georgia Douglas Camp Johnson (1877–1966).” American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (2000): 177.
Stimpson, Catherine R., and Lawrence Lipking. Abandoned women and poetic tradition. University of Chicago Press, 1988.