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(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio to parents who had escaped from slavery; his father was a veteran of the American Civil War, having served in the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry Regiment. His parents instilled in him a love of learning and history. He was a student at an all-white high school, Dayton Central High School, and he participated actively as a student. During high school, he was both the editor of the school newspaper and class president, as well as the president of the school literary society. Dunbar had also started the first African-American newsletter in Dayton.

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  • ''Lay me down beneaf de willers in de grass,
    Whah de branch'll go a-singin' as it pass.''
    Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), U.S. poet. A Death Song (l. 1-2). . . Poetry of the Negro, The, 1746-1970. Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, ed...
  • ''Fu' I t'ink de las' long res'
    Gwine to soothe my sperrit bes'
    If I's layin' 'mong de t'ings I's allus knowed.''
    Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), U.S. poet. A Death Song (l. 13-15). . . Poetry of the Negro, The, 1746-1970. Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, ...
  • ''An angel, robed in spotless white,
    Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night.
    Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone.
    Men saw the blush and called it Dawn.''
    Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), U.S. poet. Dawn (l. 1-4). . . American Negro Poetry. Arna Bontemps, ed. (Rev. ed., 1974) Hill and Wang.
  • ''And catch the gleaming of a random light,
    That tells me that the ship I seek is passing, passing.''
    Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), U.S. poet. Ships That Pass in the Night (l. 4-5). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Av...
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  • Mohlouoa Ntsasa (9/28/2013 7:17:00 AM)

    Dr Mohlouoa Ntsasa a South African prolific novelist, poet laureate, motivational speaker, acclaimed linguist, celebrated actor and academic. Mohlouoa Ntsasa is the first African Poet, to research and write for twelve years (12 years) a poetry book called “Poetry” that has all sixty one (61) known forms of poetry in one book, thus includes but not limited to: Acrostics, Anagrams, Canzones, Epigrams, Limericks, Monosyllabics, Palindromes, Rondeaus, Sestinas, Tercets etc, etc. Moreover, he wrote the second longest Palindrome Poem in the world, the first longest palindrome poem is 224 words written by Demetri Martin's and his is 335 words breaking the world record.


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    CLOSE HABIT (TYPE OF POEM: GHAZAL)

    I sniffed a habit called close
    I cut my heart to see you close

    I kiss your hands and neck
    Each time I pull you close

    I kiss your cheeks and eyes
    For keeping your beauty close

    I kiss your pains and tears
    Each time your wound close

    I kiss your world with a seal
    Nobody jealous can get close

    I kiss your shadow and smell
    Now for worry gap you close

    I kiss your lingerie’s and rings
    Behind each door you close

    I kiss your tongue and lips
    For every secret you disclose

    I kiss your divorce certificate
    Until I find someone close

    April 11,2011 by Mohlouoa Ntsasa

  • Russ Newsom (5/8/2013 6:43:00 AM)

    Incredible men should not be forgotten. Thank you Mr. Dunbar for your works.

  • Armando Lopez (6/21/2012 5:55:00 PM)

    I live on his street (N.P.L. DUNBAR ST., DAYTON, OH.,) and i am in sheer awe, as a poet myself, of the brilliance and talent of this precious man who lived 33 yrs. What a talent, and his final home is so beautiful! r.i.p. Paul.

  • Evelyn Morgan (4/17/2012 9:07:00 AM)

    I remember reading Paul Dunbar in high school and in a college poetry course. His words are not only profound, but they also read like music to the ears. He speaks from the heart about feelings that are not only evoking the black experience, but life experience. Try reading his poems aloud especially those in dialect. It's worth the extra effort.

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