Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

We Wear The Mask - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,--
This debt we pay to human guile;
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Comments about We Wear The Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Silver Star - 3,566 Points Godfrey Morris (5/27/2015 9:40:00 PM)

    Awesome write. We do wear a mask. Paul is one of my favourite poet (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Cephas Makayi (5/18/2015 4:39:00 PM)

    Perfect depiction of human character! Swimming in the sea of troubles, we put that smile and wink on our faces, hiding any trace of frustration. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,496 Points John Richter (2/6/2015 11:36:00 AM)

    Such grit and truth behind these words... How insightful Mr Dunbar was. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,800 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (12/19/2014 3:44:00 AM)

    So beautifully written! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,609 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/26/2014 10:01:00 AM)

    In fact it is a narration of human predicament and all wear masks in such interests and convenience but the world doesn't see it. I loved the poem very much. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 826 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (5/27/2014 10:07:00 PM)

    Lots of poems about masks; this is by far the best I’ve read. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 164 Points Kasey Jessie (5/8/2014 10:10:00 PM)

    wow. that was great. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,054 Points Michelle Claus (5/8/2014 9:23:00 PM)

    As Mr. Dunbar says, we each put forth a public face.... When we take a few moments to converse with a person, or if another takes a few moments to converse with us, the heart is revealed. The moment's anxieties, persistent heartaches, and joys become the countenance. All it takes is a few moments of sincere listening, and the mask is set aside. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Jessica Hernandez-damian (5/8/2014 9:35:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem.! I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 57 Points Alufa Oke Joshua (5/8/2014 6:13:00 AM)

    we still wear the mask..... good of art. beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Robin Harrison (5/8/2014 1:28:00 AM)

    because its not harder to pretent Rouren (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,093 Points Babatunde Aremu (5/8/2014 1:21:00 AM)

    Yes, the world is masked with deception. Very thought provoking, Great poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Rouren Torres (1/3/2014 10:09:00 PM)

    Yes. Why let the world see me broken and down, when I could just fake a smile? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phoenix Green (9/27/2013 7:53:00 PM)

    This has always been my favorite poem. It's about hiding your unhappiness, pain and sorrow, and acting as if everything were normal, happy, wonderful. Pretending to be one way when your really the other. A facade. I think it's truly beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Russ Newsom (7/7/2013 8:42:00 AM)

    Way ahead of his time. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 55 Points Ernest Makuakua (5/9/2013 2:17:00 AM)

    nice piece youve written there love it more (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,313 Points Shahzia Batool (5/8/2013 8:56:00 PM)

    A bold confession....yes, we wear a mask... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 211 Points R.j. Wynn (5/8/2013 2:57:00 PM)

    Very revealing for a mask thing but adequate to explain the mindset. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tinara Cook (5/8/2013 11:59:00 AM)

    I made a poem just like this (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Thomas Yarborough (5/8/2013 10:47:00 AM)

    Reminds me of Charles Bukowski's Dinosauris, We but not quite as cynical as his ;) Rated it 10. Good job. (Report) Reply

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