Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

321. Deacon Jones' Grievance 4/2/2010
322. Emancipation 4/2/2010
323. A Plantation Melody 4/2/2010
324. Merry Autumn 4/2/2010
325. Prometheus 4/2/2010
326. Fishing 4/2/2010
327. A Frolic 4/2/2010
328. Lyrics Of Love And Sorrow 4/2/2010
329. A Song (#1) 4/2/2010
330. In Summer 4/2/2010
331. Promise 4/2/2010
332. A Summer's Night 4/2/2010
333. A Plea 4/2/2010
334. He Had His Dream 4/2/2010
335. With The Lark 4/2/2010
336. A Starry Night 4/2/2010
337. A Little Christmas Basket 4/2/2010
338. At Sunset Time 4/2/2010
339. Ode To Ethiopia 4/2/2010
340. Liza May 4/2/2010
341. Signs Of The Times 1/1/2004
342. In August 4/2/2010
343. Dinah Kneading Dough 4/2/2010
344. Worn Out 4/2/2010
345. A Florida Night 4/2/2010
346. A Love Song 4/2/2010
347. A Back-Log Song 4/2/2010
348. A Coquette Conquered 4/2/2010
349. If 4/2/2010
350. A Grievance 4/2/2010
351. Alice 4/2/2010
352. Thou Art My Lute 4/2/2010
353. Ere Sleep Comes Down To Soothe The Weary Eyes 4/2/2010
354. A Sailor's Song 4/2/2010
355. Beyond The Years 4/2/2010
356. A Border Ballad 4/2/2010
357. For The Man Who Fails 4/2/2010
358. Vengeance Is Sweet 4/2/2010
359. A Love Letter 4/2/2010
360. A Warm Day In Winter 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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