Dubbed the “Poet Laureate of the Negro race” by Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906) is best known for his lively dialect poems. In addition to his dialect verse, however, Dunbar also wrote poems in standard English that captured many elements of the black experience in America. This volume contains a representative cross-section of both types of verse, including ‘Ode to Ethiopia’, ‘Worn Out’, ‘Not They Who Soar’, ‘When Malindy Sings’, ‘We Wear the Mask’, ‘Little Brown Baby’, ‘Dinah Kneading Dough’, “The Haunted Oak’, ‘Black Samson of Brandywine’ and many more. A rich amalgam of lyrics encompassing patriotism, a celebration of rural life and homey pleasures, anger at the inequalities accorded his race, and faith in ultimate justice.
Dover Publications, 2003