Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

361. A Drowsy Day 4/2/2010
362. Love And Grief 4/2/2010
363. The Lawyers' Ways 1/1/2004
364. An Ante-Bellum Sermon 4/2/2010
365. Vengeance Is Sweet 4/2/2010
366. A Banjo Song 4/2/2010
367. Not They Who Soar 4/2/2010
368. A Prayer 4/2/2010
369. For The Man Who Fails 4/2/2010
370. Her Thoughts And His 4/2/2010
371. Invitation To Love 4/2/2010
372. If 4/2/2010
373. Weltschmertz 4/2/2010
374. The Haunted Oak 1/1/2004
375. Harriet Beecher Stowe 4/2/2010
376. A Cabin Tale 4/2/2010
377. A Poem Of Faith 4/2/2010
378. Dreams 4/2/2010
379. Forever 4/2/2010
380. What's The Use 4/2/2010
381. When All Is Done 4/2/2010
382. A Christmas Folksong 4/2/2010
383. A Death Song 4/2/2010
384. Theology 1/3/2003
385. The Paradox 1/3/2003
386. A Bridal Measure 4/2/2010
387. A Farm House By The River 4/2/2010
388. A Misty Day 4/2/2010
389. The Made To Order Smile 1/3/2003
390. A Hymn 4/2/2010
391. Dawn 4/2/2010
392. When De Co'N Pone's Hot 1/1/2004
393. In The Morning 4/2/2010
394. Life 4/2/2010
395. At The Tavern 1/1/2004
396. October 4/2/2010
397. A Boy's Summer Song 4/2/2010
398. The Unlucky Apple 12/31/2002
399. A Career 4/2/2010
400. Howdy, Honey, Howdy 12/31/2002

Comments about Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Orran Ainmire (4/10/2007 9:15:00 PM)

    I apologize to all for the fact that i'm using this comment box as a means of delivering a personal message, but i feel it must be done. Okay first off... Why Whitt Bell why? Why do you pollute the msg boards of a website dedicated to poetry and poets alike with phrases of 'i hate this guy, i think all poetry is stupid.'
    Its obvious you don't understand the greater meaning behind written works of literature and, in turn, it shows that your an illiterate twit who is a prime example of ignorance everywhere. Your kind infest the world and, like a parasite, feast on the living Word of others while producing nothing of your own. You are a hypocrite and a louse; you should spout your words of stupidity elsewhere. Leave us in peace.

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  • Whitt Bell (4/6/2007 1:41:00 PM)

    I have never in my life until the 9th grade poem project heard about this guy. I think he should of given up his life. I dont like him.

Best Poem of Paul Laurence Dunbar

We Wear The Mask

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,--
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

Read the full of We Wear The Mask


WHO dat knockin' at de do'?
Why, Ike Johnson, -- yes, fu' sho!
Come in, Ike. I's mighty glad
You come down. I t'ought you's
At me 'bout de othah night,
An' was stayin' 'way fu' spite.
Say, now, was you mad fu' true
W'en I kin' o' laughed at you?

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