Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

A Christmas Folksong - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

DE win' is blowin' wahmah,
An hit's blowin' f'om de bay;
Dey's a so't o' mist a-risin'
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Comments about A Christmas Folksong by Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Terry Craddock (12/19/2015 7:35:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

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  • Ogechi Veronica (12/19/2015 6:11:00 AM)

    Nice poem.
    I love the christmas poem.
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  • Susan Williams (1/1/2015 4:40:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (4/16/2014 2:07:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

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