Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar was born in June 1872 and is considered one of the most important American poets of his time. He published numerous important poems, short stories, and more during his lifetime. His first collection of short stories was titled Folks From Dixie. His work is known for its unique use of language and conversational tone. Read more about Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Beyond the Years

‘Beyond the Years’ by Paul Laurence Dunbar is a three section poem in which the speaker describes what one will, and will not, experience after death.

Life’s Tragedy

‘Life’s Tragedy’ by Paul Laurence Dunbar considers the elements of life that create tragedy and suffering. The speaker asserts that missing out on perfect love and the perfect song leads to an “accursed” life.

The Lily of the Valley

‘The Lily of the Valley’ is a poem written by the American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar about the lily flower. The poet describes the flower through the use of vibrant imagery and symbolism.

The Poet

‘The Poet’ by Paul Laurence Dunbar depicts how the poet saw himself and the elements of his work that gained popularity during his lifetime.

We Wear the Mask

‘We Wear the Mask’ by Paul Laurence Dunbar describes the way that “We” put on, and accept the presence of decietful masks. 

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