Paul Laurence Dunbar

Ohio / United States
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Ohio / United States
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A Corn-Song

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ON the wide veranda white,
In the purple failing light,
Sits the master while the sun is lowly burning;
And his dreamy thoughts are drowned
In the softly flowing sound
Of the corn-songs of the field-hands slow returning.
Oh, we hoe de co'n
Since de ehly mo'n;
Now de sinkin' sun
Says de day is done.
O'er the fields with heavy tread,
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Bernard F. Asuncion 08 September 2018
Such an outstanding write by Paul Laurence Dunbar??????
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Rich Tassinari 08 September 2018
The primary constrasts- the cheer in the song and the tear in the eye. Do the slaves have joy? If so, why? Does the master have joy? It would seem the slaves should have no joy in their lives, but they have joy in a song at the end of a day's work. It would seem the master would have all the joy in his life, but finds a tear of joy in the slaves' song. Joy is not gathered from the land. It is sown in the heart.
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Ruta Mohapatra 08 September 2018
Very touching! Powerful imagery!
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Muzahidul Reza 08 September 2018
Corn song is well penned here with a nice starting: ON the wide veranda white, In the purple failing light,
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Kayode Are 08 September 2018
Thrilling. Subtle marriage of mirth with social commentary in sonorous lyrics.
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Adrian Flett 08 September 2018
The poem which is a song and at the same time reveals vivid images of the people returning after a days hard work.
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