Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

121. Soliloquy Of A Turkey 4/2/2010
122. Roses 4/2/2010
123. To A Captious Critic 4/2/2010
124. The Unsung Heroes 4/2/2010
125. The Lesson 4/2/2010
126. Spring Song 4/2/2010
127. The Place Where The Rainbow Ends 4/2/2010
128. Compensation 11/22/2014
129. Robert Gould Shaw 4/2/2010
130. The Poet 4/2/2010
131. The Poet And His Song 4/2/2010
132. The Seedling 4/2/2010
133. The Colored Soldiers 4/2/2010
134. The Party 4/2/2010
135. When Winter Darkening All Around 4/2/2010
136. Wadin' In De Crick 4/2/2010
137. Religion 4/2/2010
138. Whittier 4/2/2010
139. Vagrants 4/2/2010
140. Winter's Approach 4/2/2010
141. Phyllis 4/2/2010
142. A Thanksgiving Poem 4/2/2010
143. When Sam'L Sings 4/2/2010
144. Premonition 4/2/2010
145. Why Fades A Dream 4/2/2010
146. Johnny Speaks 4/2/2010
147. Behind The Arras 4/2/2010
148. Chrismus Is A-Comin' 4/2/2010
149. Curtain 4/2/2010
150. Twilight 4/2/2010
151. Columbian Ode 4/2/2010
152. At Candle-Lightin' Time 4/2/2010
153. At Cheshire Cheese 4/2/2010
154. The Old Front Gate 1/1/2004
155. Hymn 4/2/2010
156. On A Clean Book 4/2/2010
157. My Sweet Brown Gal 4/2/2010
158. Nora: A Serenade 4/2/2010
159. Jilted 4/2/2010
160. Mare Rubrum 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


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
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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