Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

281. Changing Time 4/2/2010
282. Possession 4/2/2010
283. Despair 4/2/2010
284. By Rugged Ways 4/2/2010
285. Little Lucy Landman 4/2/2010
286. On The River 4/2/2010
287. Jealous 4/2/2010
288. A Winter's Day 4/2/2010
289. Conscience And Remorse 4/2/2010
290. Dream Song I 4/2/2010
291. By The Stream 4/2/2010
292. Keep A-Pluggin' Away 4/2/2010
293. Love's Apotheosis 4/2/2010
294. In August 4/2/2010
295. Hope 4/2/2010
296. Anchored 4/2/2010
297. After The Quarrel 4/2/2010
298. When Dey 'Listed Colored Soldiers 4/2/2010
299. Night Of Love 4/2/2010
300. A Song (#1) 4/2/2010
301. Angelina 4/2/2010
302. Over The Hills 4/2/2010
303. A Musical 4/2/2010
304. Nutting Song 4/2/2010
305. Hunting Song 4/2/2010
306. When A Feller's Itching To Be Spanked 4/2/2010
307. In An English Garden 4/2/2010
308. A Lyric 4/2/2010
309. A Plea 4/2/2010
310. Philosophy 4/2/2010
311. My Little March Girl 4/2/2010
312. Black Sampson Of Brandywine 4/2/2010
313. Blue 4/2/2010
314. Good-Night 4/2/2010
315. Breaking The Charm 4/2/2010
316. After While. A Poem Of Faith 4/2/2010
317. A Plantation Melody 4/2/2010
318. Merry Autumn 4/2/2010
319. Prometheus 4/2/2010
320. Lincoln 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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