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A Christmas Folksong

Rating: 2.7

DE win' is blowin' wahmah,
An hit's blowin' f'om de bay;
Dey's a so't o' mist a-risin'
All erlong de meddah way;
Dey ain't a hint o' frostin'
On de groun' ner in de sky,
An' dey ain't no use in hopin'
Dat de snow'll 'mence to fly.
It's goin' to be a green Christmas,
An' sad de day fu' me.

I wish dis was de las' one
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Dr Antony Theodore 29 November 2020

It's goin' to be a green Christmas — Des hyeah my words an' see: Befo' de summah beckons Dey's many'll weep wid me. very good poem. tony

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Deluke Muwanigwa 29 November 2020

Nice. Now am gonna stop fretn bout spelling. The tongue came on a ship with delirious scurvy infested one eyed colonists.

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Terry Craddock 19 December 2015

We own the language of cultural slang when we claim it, as Paul Laurence Dunbar claims the strength of cultural slang in his poem 'A Christmas Folksong', a powerful haunting mourning poem, which requires several readings and research into the background stimulus for the poems writing. Hauntingly wonderful.

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Ogechi Veronica 19 December 2015

Nice poem. I love the christmas poem.

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Susan Williams 01 January 2015

I need to read up on Paul Laurence Dunbar. Yet without knowing his history, this reaches out with its dialect and its sorrow to touch the reader's heart. I suspect that I will be thinking upon this one for some time to come.

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Thomas Vaughan Jones 16 April 2014

Perhaps Paul was brooding on his forthcoming death in this poem. It's a bit sad that one of the leaders of black emancipation should fall back into patois. What a brilliant poem this would have been if he had stayed within his education. Then again, perhaps his choice of rendering makes it more heart rending; s powerful.

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