Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Paul Laurence Dunbar

-Oak and Ivy (collection)-Majors and Minors (collection)-Lyrics of Lowly Life (collection)-Folks from Dixie (short stories)-The Uncalled (novel)-Lyrics of the Hearthside (collection)-Poems of Cabin and Field (collection)(poets.org)Select Poems:-Ode to Ethiopia-Worn Out-A Negro Love Song-The Colored Soldiers-An Ante-Bellum Sermon-Ere Slee Comes Down to Soothe the Weary Eyes-Not They Who Soar-When Malindy Sings-We Wear the Mask-Little Brown Baby-Her Thought and His-A Cabin Tale-Sympathy-Dinah Kneading Dough-The Haunted Oak-Douglass-Philosophy-Black Samson of Brandywine-The Poet-The Fourth of July and Race Outrages(Gates & McKay)

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June 27, 1872 - Born1893 - Self-published first collection Oak and Ivy1897 - Six Month Reading Tour in England1897 - Married Alice Ruth Moore1898- Dedicated himself full-time to writing1902 - Separated from his wife/suffered nervous breakdownFebruary 9, 1906 - Died at age of 33 (poets.org)

* Slavery* The Agony of Captivity (Cummings Study Guide)* Stereotypes and prejudices against African Americans* African Culture* Negro Dialect* Love* Life

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We Wear the MaskPaul Laurence DunbarWhy should the world be overwise,In counting all our tears and sighs?Nay, let them only see us, whileWe wear the mask. This poem describes the metaphorical masks everyone wears from time to time. The mask is the smile people put on their faces, even when their hearts are breaking. The mask is that moment when someone keeps moving forward even when their world is falling apart around them. "We Wear the Mask" is one of the best examples of Dunbar's works because in many ways it consists of all of the major themes in one. It describes the agony the African American people felt in society. It talks about life. It talks about the stereotypes and prejudices of that time. It is also one of his best known works.

Works CitedGates, Henry Louis Jr. & McKay, Nellie Y. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. W.W. Norton. 2008. Print. (attachment)Cummings Study Guide. Sympathy. 2014. Web poets.org. Paul Laurence Dunbar. Academy of American Poets. 2014.WebSpoken Verse. Sympathy. Youtube. 2009. Web. Poetry Foundation. Paul Laurence Dunbar. 2014. Web. (attachment)

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