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. Common Things 1/3/2003
412. Frederick Douglass 3/10/2003
413. When Malindy Sings 1/20/2003
414. Douglass 1/3/2003
415. Ships That Pass In The Night 1/1/2004
416. Little Brown Baby 1/1/2004
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

Sympathy

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals--
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse ...

Read the full of Sympathy

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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