Paul Laurence Dunbar
Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio to parents who had escaped from slavery; his father was a veteran of the American Civil War, having served in the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry Regiment. His parents instilled in him a love of learning and history. He was a student at an all-white high school, Dayton Central High School, and he participated actively as a student. During high school, he was both the editor of the school newspaper and class president, as well as the president of the school literary society. Dunbar had also started the first African-American newsletter in Dayton.
He wrote his first poem at age 6 and gave his first public... more »
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- We Wear the Mask
- Life's Tragedy
- A Golden Day
- Summer in the South
- If I Could But Forget
- A Choice
- Frederick Douglass
- When Malindy Sings
- Ships that Pass in the Night
- A Negro Love Song
- Little Brown Baby
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''Lay me down beneaf de willers in de grass,Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), U.S. poet. A Death Song (l. 1-2). . . Poetry of the Negro, The, 1746-1970. Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, ed...
Whah de branch'll go a-singin' as it pass.''
''Fu' I t'ink de las' long res'Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), U.S. poet. A Death Song (l. 13-15). . . Poetry of the Negro, The, 1746-1970. Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, ...
Gwine to soothe my sperrit bes'
If I's layin' 'mong de t'ings I's allus knowed.''
''An angel, robed in spotless white,Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), U.S. poet. Dawn (l. 1-4). . . American Negro Poetry. Arna Bontemps, ed. (Rev. ed., 1974) Hill and Wang.
Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night.
Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone.
Men saw the blush and called it Dawn.''
''And catch the gleaming of a random light,Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), U.S. poet. Ships That Pass in the Night (l. 4-5). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Av...
That tells me that the ship I seek is passing, passing.''
''Is there no hope for me? Is there no wayPaul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), U.S. poet. Ships That Pass in the Night (l. 13-15). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) ...
That I may sight and check that speeding bark
Which out of sight and sound is passing, passing?''
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