Gwendolyn Bennett


Gwendolyn Bennett
I sailed in my dreams to the Land of Night a
Where you were the dusk-eyed queen, b
And there in the pallor of moon-veiled light a
The loveliest things were seen … b
A slim-necked peacock sauntered there c
In a garden of lavender hues, d
And you were strange with your purple hair e
As you sat in your amethyst chair e
With your feet in your hyacinth shoes. d

Oh, the moon gave a bluish light  f
Through the trees in the land of dreams and night. f
I stood behind a bush of yellow-green  g
And whistled a song to the dark-haired queen … g

Gwendolyn Bennett is a well known poet during the Harlem Renaissance.  She is one of the first African American women to be noted for such wonderful literary pieces. She was a teacher, writer, and a visual artist she never published her collected work. Although many of her poems, short stories appeared in literary journals. I love this poem i think it has a wonderful meaning and i feel that is came from her heart. This poem has a exceptional amount of imagery. I think the theme of this poem is hope and passion but then again i see it as something she doesn’t want to become. I think she choose to use all these colors that i highlighted because she is a person of color,and maybe she is trying to get the attention of the reader by presenting things by there color. The one reason i think she may have envied this character was because of all the different tones of purple that she decided to use. Purple is a universal color that represents royalty and wealth.  While i was doing a deep reading of this poem i started to noticed certain words that should me that maybe the speaker didn’t want to be anything like the queen. Words like, strange, dusk-eyed, dark, told me that she was admiring the queen but did not want to be in the queens hyacinth shoes in her amethyst chair.

The dark red letters to the right of the poem represent the rhyming scheme that was used for this poem.  There are three sets of rhyming couplets in the three stanzas, was this done on purpose? The setting of this dream vision is in a garden of purple hues. There are many symbols that Gwendolyn decided to use and they mean different things to each reader. For example some symbols would be, amethyst chair, hyacinth shoes, slim-necked peacock, trees, song, whistled, i found all of these to be very important to the meaning of this poem. I think the speaker could have been spying on the queen in her land of dreams because why did she whistle the song? Can she not sing? Why was she hiding behind a bush within the trees? Why did she point out her shoes does she want to be in them? Whats so special about the dark hair queens amethyst chair? Is she scared of the queen?

This poem is a very neat one and has so many different elements that still are being discovered. I love the fact that this poem leaves you questioning your analyses. It really allows you to look at all the different opportunity’s and possibility’s.


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