Paul Laurence Dunbar

Ohio / United States
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Ohio / United States
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In The Morning

Rating: 2.9
'LIAS! 'Lias! Bless de Lawd!
Don' you know de day's erbroad?
Ef you don' git up, you scamp,
Dey'll be trouble in dis camp.
Tink I gwine to let you sleep
W'ile I meks yo' boa'd an' keep?
Dat's a putty howdy-do-
Don' you hyeah me, 'Lias -you?

Bet ef I come crost dis flo'
You won’ fin’ no time to sno'
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Girliegoo 07 November 2020
My mother learned this in elementary school and taught it to my sister and me. I tried to read it to my young son, but he couldn't relate to the language. Kind of disappointed me that he had so little connection with our heritage. But I was glad to see others comment that they were introduced to this poem by their parents! Love it! ! !
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LovelyDay1116 16 September 2020
I. S. Schomberg in Harlem early 70s. I've love this poem ever since. This and Langston Hughes the only poets/try I get.
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Chuck Dee 04 June 2020
Always reminds me of my dad. He could recite the whole thing, with feeling- learned it in school. What I took for granted, I'd give anything to hear again.
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Brenette 19 February 2020
my 6th Grade Class did this poem back in 1972! I love this poem! ! Two thumbs up! ! ! ! ! !
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Danielle 10 October 2019
I had a school play in 1973 at P.S. 156 in Harlem was in the 2nd grade and performed this poem.
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Diana Daniels 22 February 2019
I have always had my students to learn this poem along with other Black poetry. A great poem
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Connie Dumas 18 October 2018
I love this poem i always have Every since i 1st heard my sister practicing before i started schoo
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Anthony A. 25 June 2018
The first poem taught by my mother. Yahweh keep us.
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Melanie Lawrence 25 May 2018
In 6th grade (2004) , our teacher had us do a project where we had to recite poems.My mom had a book of Langston Hughes poems and we chose this one! I remember being excited, raising my hand to go first, and getting a standing ovation from the class and having to do an encore. I performed it for my family at the next gathering and everyone loved it. Now I'm 25 and can still remember every word. I should perform it for the family again soon.
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Jesse Lawson 18 March 2018
When I was in the 6th grade ('51) I had a classmate who would regularly recite this poem verbatim from memory. And 'tho I'd never seen or heard it since, I've never forgotten it. Now, having found it, I know why.
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