Who is Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar began to write stories and verse when still a child; he was president of his high school's literary society. He published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper.

Much of Dunbar's more popular work in his lifetime was written in the "Negro dialect" associated with the antebellum South, though he also used the Midwestern regional dialect of James Whitcomb Riley. Dunbar's work was praised by William Dean Howells, a leading editor associated with the Harper's Weekly, and Dunbar was one of the first African-Ame...
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Paul Laurence Dunbar Poems

  • Die Schuld
    Das ist die Schuld, die ich bezahle
    Nur für einen aufrührerischen Tag,
    Jahre des Bedauerns und der Trauer,
    Trauer ohne Erleichterung. ...
  • La Deuda
    Esta es la deuda que pago
    Solo por un día desenfrenado,
    Años de arrepentimiento y pena
    Dolor sin alivio. ...
  • La Dette
    C'est la dette que je paie
    Juste pour une journée mouvementée,
    Des années de regret et de chagrin,
    Chagrin sans soulagement. ...
  • La Danse
    Talon et orteil, talon et orteil,
    C'est la chanson que nous chantons;
    Tournez-vous vers votre partenaire et faites une révérence basse,
    Équilibre et avant et swing. ...
  • Der Tanz
    Ferse und Zehen, Ferse und Zehen,
    Das ist das Lied, das wir singen;
    Wenden Sie sich an Ihren Partner und knicken Sie leise,
    Balance und vorwärts und schwingen. ...
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I Love You 171 Love 171 Night 153 Heart 136 Life 136 Song 127 Time 121 Sweet 121 Long 117 Soul 115


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  • Writegoals: i had not known before     forever was so long a word. the slow stroke of the clock of time     i had not heard. ‘tis hard to learn so late;     it seems no sad heart really learns, but hopes and trusts and doubts and fears,     and bleeds and burns.      - paul laurence dunbar
  • Magdalenadk: “we wear the mask that grins and lies, it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— this debt we pay to human guile; with torn and bleeding hearts we smile, and mouth with myriad subtleties.” - paul laurence dunbar
  • Mayorbmscott: the paul laurence dunbar food drive was a huge success thanks to the students, faculty and volunteers. from northeast to southwest, we must come together as one to support our neighbors. let’s keep it up, baltimore!
  • Historyfootnote: "the sky gives back a blue divine, and all the world’s wide wealth is mine." june 1872: birth of poet paul laurence dunbar
  • Literaryrob: the grave's a sacred place: paul laurence dunbar's first widely-circulated poem was published on june 8, 1888, when he was 16 years old --
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The Little Black Boy
 by William Blake

My mother bore me in the southern wild,
And I am black, but O! my soul is white.
White as an angel is the English child:
But I am black as if bereav'd of light.

My mother taught me underneath a tree
And sitting down before the heat of day.
She took me on her lap and kissed me,
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