Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

Morning


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."

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Rookie - 499 Points Michelle 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

  • Gold Star - 35,289 Points Aftab 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

  • Rookie - 182 Points 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

  • Rookie - 461 Points Ramesh 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

  • Rookie - 135 Points 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

  • Rookie Kevin 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

  • Rookie 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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