Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

241. A Lyric 4/2/2010
242. A Bridal Measure 4/2/2010
243. A Corn-Song 4/2/2010
244. A Frolic 4/2/2010
245. A Madrigal 4/2/2010
246. To Dan 12/31/2002
247. A Winter's Day 4/2/2010
248. After While. A Poem Of Faith 4/2/2010
249. By The Stream 4/2/2010
250. Disappointed. 4/2/2010
251. Death 4/2/2010
252. Longing 4/2/2010
253. Love And Grief 4/2/2010
254. Kidnaped 4/2/2010
255. Misapprehension 4/2/2010
256. Mortality 4/2/2010
257. Night 4/2/2010
258. Opportunity 4/2/2010
259. Over The Hills 4/2/2010
260. Possum 4/2/2010
261. She Told Her Beads 4/2/2010
262. The Wind And The Sea 4/2/2010
263. Winter Song 4/2/2010
264. To The South 4/2/2010
265. Prometheus 4/2/2010
266. Limitations 4/2/2010
267. Little Lucy Landman 4/2/2010
268. Love 4/2/2010
269. Long Ago 4/2/2010
270. Alexander Crummell--Dead 4/2/2010
271. Alice 4/2/2010
272. Advice 4/2/2010
273. A Warm Day In Winter 4/2/2010
274. A Spiritual 4/2/2010
275. An Old Memory 4/2/2010
276. Angelina 4/2/2010
277. Curiosity 4/2/2010
278. A Coquette Conquered 4/2/2010
279. A Christmas Folksong 4/2/2010
280. In Summer 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


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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