Miscellaneous Poems

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Miscellaneous Poems

This is a collection of poetry by African American author Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar's work frequently features a conversational tone, innovative rhetorical structure, and a colorful use of both dialect and mainstream English. Dunbar was among the first nationally successful African American writers.

Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.

The Capture
"Duck come switchin’ ‘cross de lot"
When Winter Darkening All Around
"When winter covering all the ground"
From the Porch at Runnymede
"I stand above the city’s rush and din,"
"With what thou gavest me, O Master,"
"The moon begins her stately ride"
To Pfrimmer
"Driftwood gathered here and there"
To the Miami
"Kiss me, Miami, thou most constant one!"
Christmas Carol
"Ring out, ye bells!, All Nature swells"
A Summer Pastoral
"It’s hot to–day. The bees is buzzin’"
In Summer Time
"When summer time has come, and all"
A Thanksgiving Poem
"The sun hath shed its kindly light,"
Nutting Song
"The November sun invites me,"
Love's Pictures
"Like the blush upon the rose"
The Old Homestead
"‘Tis an old deserted homestead"
On the Death of W.C.
"Thou arrant robber, Death!"
An Old Memory
"How sweet the music sounded"
A Career
"“Break me my bounds, and let me fly"
On the River
"The sun is low, The waters flow,"
Poor Withered Rose—A Song
"Poor withered rose, she gave it me,"
Worn Out
"You bid me hold my peace"
James Whitcomb Riley
"No matter what you call it, Whether genius, or art,"
A Madrigal
"Dream days of fond delight and hours"
A Starry Night
"A cloud fell down from the heavens,"
A Lyric
"My lady love lives far away,"
How Shall I Woo Thee
"How shall I woo thee to win thee, mine own?"
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 4,651
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: autumn, blessings, calm, darkness, day, daytime, death, dream, driftwood, florida, freedom, grief, hands, happiness, heaven, home, hope, injustice, jealousy, joy, leisure, liberty, life, longing, love, miami, night, nighttime, pain, peace, prayers, rest, river, romance, sky, society, summertime, sun, talents, thankfulness, time, water, work, youth
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