Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

281. Long Ago 4/2/2010
282. Waiting 4/2/2010
283. Growin' Gray 4/2/2010
284. Differences 4/2/2010
285. My Sort O' Man 4/2/2010
286. Deacon Jones' Grievance 4/2/2010
287. Parted 4/2/2010
288. Despair 4/2/2010
289. On The River 4/2/2010
290. Jealous 4/2/2010
291. A Plantation Melody 4/2/2010
292. A Winter's Day 4/2/2010
293. Dream Song I 4/2/2010
294. Keep A-Pluggin' Away 4/2/2010
295. Limitations 4/2/2010
296. An Old Memory 4/2/2010
297. Love's Apotheosis 4/2/2010
298. Hope 4/2/2010
299. Anchored 4/2/2010
300. After The Quarrel 4/2/2010
301. After Many Days 4/2/2010
302. Night Of Love 4/2/2010
303. A Song (#1) 4/2/2010
304. Booker T. Washington 4/2/2010
305. Over The Hills 4/2/2010
306. Nutting Song 4/2/2010
307. Hunting Song 4/2/2010
308. In An English Garden 4/2/2010
309. Lincoln 4/2/2010
310. Alexander Crummell--Dead 4/2/2010
311. A Plea 4/2/2010
312. Equipment 4/2/2010
313. My Little March Girl 4/2/2010
314. By The Stream 4/2/2010
315. A Letter 4/2/2010
316. Lonesome 4/2/2010
317. Good-Night 4/2/2010
318. Emancipation 4/2/2010
319. Appreciation 4/2/2010
320. Merry Autumn 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


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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