Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Morning

Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The mist has left the greening plain,
The dew-drops shine like fairy rain,
The coquette rose awakes again
Her lovely self adorning.

The Wind is hiding in the trees,
A sighing, soothing, laughing tease,
Until the rose says "Kiss me, please,"
'Tis morning, 'tis morning.

With staff in hand and careless-free,
The wanderer fares right jauntily,
For towns and houses are, thinks he,
For scorning, for scorning.
My soul is swift upon the wing,
And in its deeps a song I bring;
Come, Love, and we together sing,
"'Tis morning, 'tis morning."


Comments about Morning by Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Margeret Downes-minger (7/5/2015 3:14:00 PM)

    What a great poem and poet! !(Report)Reply

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  • La GailLa Gail (9/23/2014 9:24:00 PM)

    very vivid. I have yet to portray my writing into a picture(Report)Reply

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  • Michelle ClausMichelle Claus (9/23/2014 12:53:00 PM)

    My favorite portion of this pretty poem is in the final stanza, where the nameless wanderer eschews the convention and containment of houses and towns. I feel that all the poem was written around this nomadic freedom.(Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (9/23/2014 3:17:00 AM)

    Poet here try to put the musical magical effect by using alliteration and onomatopoeia.. Her lovely self adorning.'Tis morning, 'tis morning.//sighing, soothing, laughing sound can be heard from far lovely(Report)Reply

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  • Liliana ~el (9/23/2013 5:17:00 PM)

    Pretty... :)(Report)Reply

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  • Rajaram Subedi (9/23/2012 10:03:00 PM)

    Excellent quite of the morning view(Report)Reply

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  • Karen Sinclair (9/23/2012 3:53:00 AM)

    A beautiful free spirit.... appreciating all that costs nothing and just waits for eyes to appreciate....I shall remember this for its purity and freshness....tyvm karen(Report)Reply

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  • Louie Vetter (9/23/2011 5:35:00 PM)

    Quite excellent view of the morning(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (9/23/2011 4:18:00 AM)

    The poem says about morning glory in a beautiful way and kisses the heart of all!(Report)Reply

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  • Claude H Oliver Ii (9/23/2009 1:20:00 PM)

    Beautiful description. Dunbar was also known for being able to write beautiful poetry using what
    was known as 'Negro dialect'. He gave a voice to those who had been totally ignored.(Report)Reply

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  • Naomi (fellowtuber123) Hamilton (9/23/2009 12:11:00 PM)

    I personally love this morning. And it's portrayed so beautifully in this poem. It's so rythmic too.(Report)Reply

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  • Joseph Poewhit (9/23/2009 7:27:00 AM)

    Words bring hope, of a new dawning to life and a new freedom of life.(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin StrawKevin Straw (9/23/2009 5:39:00 AM)

    The wind hides in the trees till the rose says kiss me please? Mental and emotional mush.(Report)Reply

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/23/2008 8:29:00 PM)

    Very nice happy poem-a good morning feel to it lovely verse.(Report)Reply

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  • Yen Cress (9/24/2007 12:54:00 AM)

    Waht a beautiful, word-painting of love in the freshness of morning! It reminds me of a wonderful man I have known for 50 years.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002