Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

81. The Right To Die 4/2/2010
82. The Old Homestead 4/2/2010
83. The Path 4/2/2010
84. The Meadow Lark 4/2/2010
85. The Turning Of The Babies In The Bed 4/2/2010
86. The Dove 4/2/2010
87. The Conquerors 4/2/2010
88. The Deserted Plantation 4/2/2010
89. To The Road 4/2/2010
90. The Spellin'-Bee 4/2/2010
91. The Veteran 4/2/2010
92. To A Dead Friend 4/2/2010
93. Riding To Town 4/2/2010
94. Response 4/2/2010
95. Two Little Boots 4/2/2010
96. To Louise 4/2/2010
97. The Wind And The Sea 4/2/2010
98. She Told Her Beads 4/2/2010
99. The Voice Of The Banjo 4/2/2010
100. To The South 4/2/2010
101. The Discovery 4/2/2010
102. The Gourd 4/2/2010
103. The End Of The Chapter 4/2/2010
104. Suppose 4/2/2010
105. Temptation 4/2/2010
106. Silence 4/2/2010
107. Toast To Dayton 4/2/2010
108. The Looking-Glass 4/2/2010
109. Retrospection 4/2/2010
110. The Phantom Kiss 4/2/2010
111. Trouble In De Kitchen 4/2/2010
112. Till The Wind Gets Right 4/2/2010
113. Slow Through The Dark 4/2/2010
114. Spring Fever 4/2/2010
115. Robert Gould Shaw 4/2/2010
116. The Lesson 4/2/2010
117. The Lily Of The Valley 4/2/2010
118. The Rising Of The Storm 4/2/2010
119. The Warrior's Prayer 4/2/2010
120. Soliloquy Of A Turkey 4/2/2010

Comments about Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Bill Bob (1/12/2015 2:11:00 PM)

    Why is he black like 4 real

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/27/2014 9:29:00 AM)

    .............happy birthday paul laurence dunbar! ! !

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  • Mohlouoa Ntsasa (9/28/2013 7:17:00 AM)

    Dr Mohlouoa Ntsasa a South African prolific novelist, poet laureate, motivational speaker, acclaimed linguist, celebrated actor and academic. Mohlouoa Ntsasa is the first African Poet, to research and write for twelve years (12 years) a poetry book called “Poetry” that has all sixty one (61) known forms of poetry in one book, thus includes but not limited to: Acrostics, Anagrams, Canzones, Epigrams, Limericks, Monosyllabics, Palindromes, Rondeaus, Sestinas, Tercets etc, etc. Moreover, he wrote the second longest Palindrome Poem in the world, the first longest palindrome poem is 224 words written by Demetri Martin's and his is 335 words breaking the world record.


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    CLOSE HABIT (TYPE OF POEM: GHAZAL)

    I sniffed a habit called close
    I cut my heart to see you close

    I kiss your hands and neck
    Each time I pull you close

    I kiss your cheeks and eyes
    For keeping your beauty close

    I kiss your pains and tears
    Each time your wound close

    I kiss your world with a seal
    Nobody jealous can get close

    I kiss your shadow and smell
    Now for worry gap you close

    I kiss your lingerie’s and rings
    Behind each door you close

    I kiss your tongue and lips
    For every secret you disclose

    I kiss your divorce certificate
    Until I find someone close

    April 11,2011 by Mohlouoa Ntsasa

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  • Russ Newsom (5/8/2013 6:43:00 AM)

    Incredible men should not be forgotten. Thank you Mr. Dunbar for your works.

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  • Armando Lopez (6/21/2012 5:55:00 PM)

    I live on his street (N.P.L. DUNBAR ST., DAYTON, OH.,) and i am in sheer awe, as a poet myself, of the brilliance and talent of this precious man who lived 33 yrs. What a talent, and his final home is so beautiful! r.i.p. Paul.

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  • Evelyn Morgan (4/17/2012 9:07:00 AM)

    I remember reading Paul Dunbar in high school and in a college poetry course. His words are not only profound, but they also read like music to the ears. He speaks from the heart about feelings that are not only evoking the black experience, but life experience. Try reading his poems aloud especially those in dialect. It's worth the extra effort.

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  • 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.
    ben

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  • Habib Noori (9/23/2011 1:49:00 PM)

    ignorance, just ignorance

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  • 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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Best Poem of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Summer In The South

The Oriole sings in the greening grove
As if he were half-way waiting,
The rosebuds peep from their hoods of green,
Timid, and hesitating.
The rain comes down in a torrent sweep
And the nights smell warm and pinety,
The garden thrives, but the tender shoots
Are yellow-green and tiny.
Then a flash of sun on a waiting hill,
Streams laugh that erst were quiet,
The sky smiles down with a dazzling blue
And the woods run mad with riot.

Read the full of Summer In The South

Encouragement

WHO dat knockin' at de do'?
Why, Ike Johnson, -- yes, fu' sho!
Come in, Ike. I's mighty glad
You come down. I t'ought you's
mad
At me 'bout de othah night,
An' was stayin' 'way fu' spite.
Say, now, was you mad fu' true
W'en I kin' o' laughed at you?

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