Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

321. A Summer's Night 4/2/2010
322. In An English Garden 4/2/2010
323. Expectation 4/2/2010
324. Little Lucy Landman 4/2/2010
325. With The Lark 4/2/2010
326. A Starry Night 4/2/2010
327. A Letter 4/2/2010
328. At Sunset Time 4/2/2010
329. Ode To Ethiopia 4/2/2010
330. Growin' Gray 4/2/2010
331. After While. A Poem Of Faith 4/2/2010
332. Li'L' Gal 4/2/2010
333. Signs Of The Times 1/1/2004
334. Merry Autumn 4/2/2010
335. A Florida Night 4/2/2010
336. Dinah Kneading Dough 4/2/2010
337. Worn Out 4/2/2010
338. A Love Song 4/2/2010
339. Longing 4/2/2010
340. A Back-Log Song 4/2/2010
341. A Coquette Conquered 4/2/2010
342. A Little Christmas Basket 4/2/2010
343. Good-Night 4/2/2010
344. Equipment 4/2/2010
345. Alice 4/2/2010
346. A Warm Day In Winter 4/2/2010
347. Dream Song I 4/2/2010
348. Thou Art My Lute 4/2/2010
349. Emancipation 4/2/2010
350. Liza May 4/2/2010
351. A Sailor's Song 4/2/2010
352. He Had His Dream 4/2/2010
353. Beyond The Years 4/2/2010
354. A Border Ballad 4/2/2010
355. Vengeance Is Sweet 4/2/2010
356. A Corn-Song 4/2/2010
357. A Love Letter 4/2/2010
358. If 4/2/2010
359. Fishing 4/2/2010
360. A Drowsy Day 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


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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