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 Lily Of The Valley 4/2/2010
125. The Warrior's Prayer 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. The Poet 4/2/2010
130. The Poet And His Song 4/2/2010
131. The Unsung Heroes 4/2/2010
132. The Seedling 4/2/2010
133. The Colored Soldiers 4/2/2010
134. When Winter Darkening All Around 4/2/2010
135. Wadin' In De Crick 4/2/2010
136. Whittier 4/2/2010
137. Winter's Approach 4/2/2010
138. Why Fades A Dream 4/2/2010
139. Vagrants 4/2/2010
140. The Party 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. Johnny Speaks 4/2/2010
146. Behind The Arras 4/2/2010
147. Chrismus Is A-Comin' 4/2/2010
148. Christmas Carol 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. Religion 4/2/2010
154. Whistling Sam 4/2/2010
155. On A Clean Book 4/2/2010
156. My Sweet Brown Gal 4/2/2010
157. Hymn 4/2/2010
158. At Cheshire Cheese 4/2/2010
159. The Old Front Gate 1/1/2004
160. Jilted 4/2/2010

Comments about Paul Laurence Dunbar

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

    ignorance, just ignorance

    68 person liked.
    83 person did not like.
  • 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


FOLKS ain't got no right to censuah othah folks about dey habits;
Him dat giv' de squir'ls de bushtails made de bobtails fu' de rabbits.
Him dat built de gread big mountains hollered out de little valleys,
Him dat made de streets an' driveways wasn't shamed to make de alleys.

We is all constructed diff'ent, d'ain't no two of us de same;
We cain't he'p ouah likes an' dislikes, ef we'se bad we ain't to blame.
Ef we'se good, we need n't show off, case you bet it ain't ouah doin'
We gits in

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