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The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Complete poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And low the laden grape-vine swung
With beads of night-kissed amethyst
Where buzzing lovers held their tryst,
When you and I were young, my boy,
When you and I were young.
When you and I were young, the cool
And fresh wind fanned our fevered brows
When tumbling o'er the scented mows,
Or stripping by the dimpling pool,
Sedge-fringed about its shimmering face,
Save where we 'd worn an ent'ring place.
[Pg 25]How with our shouts the calm banks rung!
How flashed the spray as we plunged in,—
Pure gems that never caused a sin!
When you and I were young, my boy,
When you and I were young.
When you and I were young, we heard
All sounds of Nature with delight,—
The whirr of wing in sudden flight,
The chirping of the baby-bird.
The columbine's red bells were rung;
The locust's vested chorus sung;
While every wind his zith. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Applaud the spirit of trying to write in his own communal dialect, but it makes the poem nearly unreadable for me.

I decided to pick this up after teaching "Sympathy," and I really enjoyed it. His style is so musical that it's pleasant to read. He also hits all the right spots when addressing serious issues. Definitely deserving of acclaim.

Very, very beautiful poetry from a black man who died at only 33. 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 C

3 1/2 stars

Major Field Prep: 22/133
This 1994 collected edition of Dunbar's poetry reprints the 1913 Completed Works and adds an addition 60 or so poems that were not included in that posthumous volume. Dunbar's poetry takes on a wide variety of styles, genres, and forms and the most distinct difference in grou

Lyrics of Lowly Life, which I reviewed by itself, is great. The rest of the collection is a bit more uneven, but the strong poems are quite worth it. This is certainly the volume to get if you're going for Dunbar's poetry.

Finally, a great edition of the Poet with the Ear!

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