Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

81. A Summer's Night 4/2/2010
82. A Thanksgiving Poem 4/2/2010
83. A Warm Day In Winter 4/2/2010
84. A Winter's Day 4/2/2010
85. Absence 4/2/2010
86. Advice 4/2/2010
87. After A Visit 4/2/2010
88. After Many Days 4/2/2010
89. After The Quarrel 4/2/2010
90. After While. A Poem Of Faith 4/2/2010
91. Alexander Crummell--Dead 4/2/2010
92. Alice 4/2/2010
93. An Ante-Bellum Sermon 4/2/2010
94. An Easy Goin' Feller 4/2/2010
95. An Old Memory 4/2/2010
96. Angelina 4/2/2010
97. Appreciation 4/2/2010
98. At Candle-Lightin' Time 4/2/2010
99. At Cheshire Cheese 4/2/2010
100. At Lofting-Holt 4/2/2010
101. At Night 4/2/2010
102. At Sunset Time 4/2/2010
103. Ballad 4/2/2010
104. Ballade 4/2/2010
105. Behind The Arras 4/2/2010
106. Bein' Back Home 4/2/2010
107. Black Sampson Of Brandywine 4/2/2010
108. Blue 4/2/2010
109. Booker T. Washington 4/2/2010
110. Breaking The Charm 4/2/2010
111. By Rugged Ways 4/2/2010
112. By The Stream 4/2/2010
113. Changing Time 4/2/2010
114. Chrismus Is A-Comin' 4/2/2010
115. Chrismus On The Plantation 4/2/2010
116. Christmas 4/2/2010
117. Christmas Carol 4/2/2010
118. Christmas In The Heart 4/2/2010
119. Circumstances Alter Cases 4/2/2010
120. Columbian Ode 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

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.

'Tis no time for things unsightly,
Life's the day and life goes lightly;
Science lays aside her sway--
Love rules Dr. Dan to-day.

Gather, gentlemen and ladies,
For the nuptial feast now made is,
Swing your garlands, chant your lay
For the pair who wed to-day.


Read the full of To Dan


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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