Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

361. Love And Grief 4/2/2010
362. A Drowsy Day 4/2/2010
363. The Lawyers' Ways 1/1/2004
364. An Ante-Bellum Sermon 4/2/2010
365. When All Is Done 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. Weltschmertz 4/2/2010
370. Her Thoughts And His 4/2/2010
371. Invitation To Love 4/2/2010
372. Harriet Beecher Stowe 4/2/2010
373. Forever 4/2/2010
374. What's The Use 4/2/2010
375. A Cabin Tale 4/2/2010
376. A Poem Of Faith 4/2/2010
377. The Haunted Oak 1/1/2004
378. A Musical 4/2/2010
379. A Christmas Folksong 4/2/2010
380. Theology 1/3/2003
381. The Paradox 1/3/2003
382. A Bridal Measure 4/2/2010
383. Life 4/2/2010
384. Dreams 4/2/2010
385. A Misty Day 4/2/2010
386. The Made To Order Smile 1/3/2003
387. When De Co'N Pone's Hot 1/1/2004
388. Dawn 4/2/2010
389. A Corn-Song 4/2/2010
390. The Unlucky Apple 12/31/2002
391. A Farm House By The River 4/2/2010
392. At The Tavern 1/1/2004
393. October 4/2/2010
394. A Boy's Summer Song 4/2/2010
395. A Career 4/2/2010
396. Howdy, Honey, Howdy 12/31/2002
397. A Confidence 4/2/2010
398. The Debt 1/1/2004
399. Encouragement 12/31/2002
400. Distinction 1/3/2003

Comments about Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Ben Highpriest (11/8/2011 9:04:00 PM)

    Paul Laurence Dunbar is the greatest example of what was wrong with Thomas Jefferson's views that blacks had no sense of poetry. Sure, he wrote in the sty; e of the most noted white poets of the day. But there are powerful metaphors in his words that are sometimes sad. Mostly, though he proved that education would render Jefferson wrong. His mother, while a slave, took in as much as she could from the poetry readings in the house where she worked. Did T.J., have such events? Paul learned the power of education from her. The other idiots who left there comments here know nothing about history and sound as if they think Dunbar was writing this stuff today, like a rap artist.
    ben

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  • Habib Noori (9/23/2011 1:49:00 PM)

    ignorance, just ignorance

  • 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.

  • 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

To Dan

STEP me now a bridal measure,
Work give way to love and leisure,
Hearts be free and hearts be gay --
Doctor Dan doth wed to-day.

Diagnosis, cease your squalling --
Check that scalpel's senseless bawling,
Put that ugly knife away --
Doctor Dan doth wed to-day.

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