Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

401. Accountability 1/1/2004
402. A Lazy Day 4/2/2010
403. Confirmation 1/3/2003
404. A Sailor's Song 4/2/2010
405. A Lost Dream 4/2/2010
406. Old 1/3/2003
407. A Death Song 4/2/2010
408. A Confidence 4/2/2010
409. Encouraged 12/31/2002
410. A Negro Love Song 1/1/2004
411. When Malindy Sings 1/20/2003
412. Common Things 1/3/2003
413. Frederick Douglass 3/10/2003
414. Ships That Pass In The Night 1/1/2004
415. Little Brown Baby 1/1/2004
416. Douglass 1/3/2003
417. A Choice 1/3/2003
418. If I Could But Forget 1/3/2003
419. Morning 12/31/2002
420. Summer In The South 1/3/2003
421. Sympathy 1/3/2003
422. A Golden Day 12/31/2002
423. Life's Tragedy 1/3/2003
424. We Wear The Mask 1/20/2003

Comments about Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • 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.

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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!

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Accountability

FOLKS ain't got no right to censuah othah folks about dey habits;
Him dat giv' de squir'ls de bushtails made de bobtails fu' de rabbits.
Him dat built de gread big mountains hollered out de little valleys,
Him dat made de streets an' driveways wasn't shamed to make de alleys.

We is all constructed diff'ent, d'ain't no two of us de same;
We cain't he'p ouah likes an' dislikes, ef we'se bad we ain't to blame.
Ef we'se good, we need n't show off, case you bet it ain't ouah doin'
We gits in

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