Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

81. The Gourd 4/2/2010
82. The Stirrup Cup 4/2/2010
83. The Sand-Man 4/2/2010
84. The Dreamer 4/2/2010
85. The Awakening 4/2/2010
86. The Tryst 4/2/2010
87. The End Of The Chapter 4/2/2010
88. The Wraith 4/2/2010
89. The Visitor 4/2/2010
90. Roses And Pearls 4/2/2010
91. The Plantation Child's Lullaby 4/2/2010
92. The Right To Die 4/2/2010
93. Silence 4/2/2010
94. Toast To Dayton 4/2/2010
95. To A Dead Friend 4/2/2010
96. Retort 4/2/2010
97. Retrospection 4/2/2010
98. To A Lady Playing The Harp 4/2/2010
99. To An Ingrate 4/2/2010
100. Trouble In De Kitchen 4/2/2010
101. To Pfrimmer 4/2/2010
102. Unexpressed 4/2/2010
103. The Sum 4/2/2010
104. The Phantom Kiss 4/2/2010
105. Spring Fever 4/2/2010
106. Reluctance 4/2/2010
107. The Wind And The Sea 4/2/2010
108. The Change Has Come 4/2/2010
109. The Looking-Glass 4/2/2010
110. The Warrior's Prayer 4/2/2010
111. Suppose 4/2/2010
112. The Conquerors 4/2/2010
113. Roses 4/2/2010
114. To A Captious Critic 4/2/2010
115. Till The Wind Gets Right 4/2/2010
116. Slow Through The Dark 4/2/2010
117. Temptation 4/2/2010
118. The Sparrow 4/2/2010
119. Robert Gould Shaw 4/2/2010
120. Sunset 4/2/2010

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


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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