Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

161. Jilted 4/2/2010
162. Itching Heels 4/2/2010
163. Mare Rubrum 4/2/2010
164. Puttin' The Baby Away 4/2/2010
165. Dead 4/2/2010
166. Dreamin' Town 4/2/2010
167. When The Old Man Smokes 4/2/2010
168. Confessional 4/2/2010
169. De Way T'Ings Come 4/2/2010
170. At Lofting-Holt 4/2/2010
171. Nature And Art. To My Friend Charles Booth Nettleton 4/2/2010
172. On A Sea Wall 4/2/2010
173. Dream Song Ii 4/2/2010
174. A Song (#3) 4/2/2010
175. Ballade 4/2/2010
176. Dirge 4/2/2010
177. Dely 4/2/2010
178. On The Dedication Of Dorothy Hall 4/2/2010
179. Poor Withered Rose 4/2/2010
180. Precedent 4/2/2010
181. James Whitcomb Riley 4/2/2010
182. De Critters' Dance 4/2/2010
183. After A Visit 4/2/2010
184. Day 4/2/2010
185. Keep A Song Up On De Way 4/2/2010
186. L'Envoi 4/2/2010
187. On The Road 4/2/2010
188. My Corn-Cob Pipe 4/2/2010
189. Noon 4/2/2010
190. Foolin' Wid De Seasons 4/2/2010
191. Song 1/1/2004
192. An Easy Goin' Feller 4/2/2010
193. In The Tents Of Akbar 4/2/2010
194. Yesterday And To-Morrow 4/2/2010
195. Joggin' Erlong 4/2/2010
196. Circumstances Alter Cases 4/2/2010
197. Love's Castle 4/2/2010
198. From The Porch At Runnymede 4/2/2010
199. Diplomacy 4/2/2010
200. Bein' Back Home 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


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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