Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

41. The Capture 4/2/2010
42. The Colored Band 4/2/2010
43. The Corn-Stalk Fiddle 4/2/2010
44. Song Of Summer 4/2/2010
45. Roses And Pearls 4/2/2010
46. Scamp 4/2/2010
47. She Gave Me A Rose 4/2/2010
48. Snowin' 4/2/2010
49. Remembered 4/2/2010
50. Resignation 4/2/2010
51. Retrospection 4/2/2010
52. The Boogah Man 4/2/2010
53. The Death Of The First Born 4/2/2010
54. The Song 4/2/2010
55. The Stirrup Cup 4/2/2010
56. The Tryst 4/2/2010
57. The Rivals 4/2/2010
58. The River Of Ruin 4/2/2010
59. The Master-Player 4/2/2010
60. The Old Cabin 4/2/2010
61. The Chase 4/2/2010
62. The Change 4/2/2010
63. The Dreamer 4/2/2010
64. The King Is Dead 4/2/2010
65. The Lover And The Moon 4/2/2010
66. To The Miami 4/2/2010
67. Then And Now 4/2/2010
68. To J.Q. 4/2/2010
69. To A Violet Found On All Saint's Day 4/2/2010
70. Sonnet On An Old Book With Uncut Leaves 4/2/2010
71. The Awakening 4/2/2010
72. Twell De Night Is Pas' 4/2/2010
73. The Old Homestead 4/2/2010
74. The Path 4/2/2010
75. The Right To Die 4/2/2010
76. The Turning Of The Babies In The Bed 4/2/2010
77. The Meadow Lark 4/2/2010
78. The Looking-Glass 4/2/2010
79. The Conquerors 4/2/2010
80. The Deserted Plantation 4/2/2010

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.

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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


There is a heaven, for ever, day by day,
The upward longing of my soul doth tell me so.
There is a hell, I'm quite as sure; for pray
If there were not, where would my neighbours go?

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