Selected Poems

Paperback | March 30, 2004

byPaul Laurence DunbarIntroduction byHerbert MartinEditorMartin, Herbert Woodward

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Dialect poems by one of the nineteenth century's most talented African American lyricists

Paul Laurence Dunbar was “the most promising young colored man” in nineteenth-century America, according to Frederick Douglass, and subsequently one of the most controversial. His plantation lyrics, written while he was an elevator boy in Ohio, established Dunbar as the premier writer of dialect poetry and garnered him international recognition. More than a vernacular lyricist, Dunbar was also a master of classical poetic forms, who helped demonstrate to post–Civil War America that literary genius did not reside solely in artists of European descent. William Dean Howells called Dunbar’s dialect poems “evidence of the essential unity of the human race, which does not think or feel black in one and white in another, but humanly in all.”

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Dialect poems by one of the nineteenth century's most talented African American lyricistsPaul Laurence Dunbar was “the most promising young colored man” in nineteenth-century America, according to Frederick Douglass, and subsequently one of the most controversial. His plantation lyrics, written while he was an elevator boy in Ohio, est...

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) was one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition. The son of freed slaves from Kentucky, he was uanble to afford college and became an elevator operator. He later moved to Chicago, where he befriended Frederick Douglass and published poetry in prominent national publications and ...

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Table of Contents PENGUINCLASSICS SELECTED POEMSTitle PageCopyright PageIntroduction FROM OAK AND IVY 1893A Banjo SongA CareerColumbian OdeLifeLullabyMelancholiaMy Sort o’ ManOde to EthiopiaSympathyThe Ol’ TunesThe Seedling FROM MAJORS AND MINORS 1895After the QuarrelAliceBalladBy the StreamThe Change Has ComeChanging TimeThe Colored SoldiersA Corn-SongDawnDirgeDisappointedEre Sleep Comes Down to Soothe the Weary EyesFrederick DouglassA FrolicHe Had His DreamHymnInvitation to LoveIoneThe Master-PlayerOde for Memorial DayOne LifeThe Poet and His SongA PrayerRetortShips That Pass in the NightA Summer’s NightWe Wear the MaskTo Pfrimmer FROM LYRICS OF LOWLY LIFE 1896AccountabilityAn Ante-Bellum SermonThe Corn-Stalk FiddleThe Lawyers’ WaysReligionAfter a VisitThe Spellin’-BeeKeep A-Pluggin’ AwayAn Easy-Goin’ FellerThe WooingWhen de Co’n Pone’s HotDiscoveredThe DelinquentA ConfidenceThe Party FROM POEMS OF CABIN AND FIELD 1899The Deserted PlantationLittle Brown BabyChrismus Is A-Comin’ FROM LYRICS OF THE HEARTHSIDE 1899Love’s ApotheosisThe ParadoxThe Right to DieBehind the ArrasA Hymn - After Reading Lead, Kindly Light.Dream Song IDream Song IIThe King Is DeadTheologyResignationThou Art My LuteThe Phantom KissThe CrisisAlexander Crummell DeadSonnet On an Old Book with Uncut LeavesMisapprehensionFor the Man Who FailsHarriet Beecher StoweThe Warrior’s PrayerThe Voice of the BanjoA ChoiceThe Real QuestionJiltedChrismus on the PlantationFoolin’ wid de SeasonsA Death SongJealousPartedA LetterAt Candle-Lightin’ TimeHow Lucy BackslidProtest FROM WHEN MALINDY SINGS 1903When Malindy SingsThe Colored BandThe Memory of MarthaThe TrystThe Boogah ManNoddin’ by de FireMy Sweet Brown GalIn the MorningThe Plantation Child’s LullabyCuriosityOpportunityPuttin’ the Baby AwayFaithThe Fisher Child’s Lullaby FROM LYRICS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER 1903Joggin’ ErlongIn MayDreamsThe DoveThe ValseSongInspirationWhen Dey ‘Listed Colored SoldiersLincolnTo a Captious CriticThe PoetA SpiritualW’en I Gits HomeThe Unsung HeroesThe PoolSpeakin’ at de Cou’t HouseBlack Samson of BrandywineDouglassBooker T. WashingtonPhilosophyThe DebtBy Rugged WaysTo the South On Its New SlaveryThe Haunted OakWeltschmertzRobert Gould ShawA Love SongA Negro Love SongThe Fount of TearsAt the Tavern FROM LI’L’ GAL 1904Li’l’ GalA PleaSoliloquy of a TurkeyWhen Sam’l Sings FROM LYRICS OF SUNSHINE AND SHADOW 1905A Boy’s Summer SongThe Sand-ManJohnny SpeaksScampA Christmas FolksongThe Farm Child’s LullabyHopeThe AwakeningA MusicalTwell de Night Is Pas’CompensationAnchoredYesterday and To-morrowAt Sunset TimeAt Loafing-HoltWhen a Feller’s Itchin’ to Be SpankedA Love LetterTrouble in de KitchenThe QuiltingForeverPartedChristmas FROM HOWDY, HONEY, HOWDY 1905“Howdy, Honey, Howdy!”EncouragementTwilight FROM JOGGIN’ ERLONG 1906The Capture UNCOLLECTED POEMSEmancipation (1890)Welcome Address To the Western Association of WritersComradeLove Is a StarThe Making UpA Toast to Dayton (1917)Sold A C.H.S. Episode (1890)After the Struggle (1900)The Builder (1905) To John H. Patterson, Esq.Lullaby (II) Index of TitlesFOR THE BEST IN PAPERBACKS, LOOK FOR THECLICK ON A CLASSIC www.penguinclassics.comPENGUINCLASSICS SELECTED POEMS

Table of Contents

Selected PoemsIntroduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
From Oak and Ivy (1893)
A Banjo Song
A Career
Columbian Ode
James Whitcomb Riley
My Sort o' Man
Ode to Ethiopia
The Ol' Tunes
The Seedling

From Majors and Minors (1895)
After the Quarrel
By the Stream
The Change Has Come
Changing Time
The Colored Soldiers
A Corn-Song
Ere Sleep Comes Down to Soother the Weary Eyes
Frederick Douglass
A Frolic
He Had His Dream
Invitation to Love
The Master-Player
Ode for Memorial Day
One Life
The Poet and His Song
A Prayer
Ships that Pass in the Night
A Summer's Night
We Wear the Mask
To Pfrimmer

From Lyrics of Lowly Life (1896)
An Ante-Bellum Sermon
The Corn-Stalk Fiddle
The Lawyers' Ways
After a Visit
The Spellin'-Bee
Keep A-Pluggin' away
An Easy-Goin' Feller
The Wooing
When de Co'n Pone's Hot
The Delinquent
A Confidence
The Party

From Poems of Cabin and Field (1899)
The Deserted Plantation
Little Brown Baby
Christmas Is A-Comin'

From Lyrics of the Hearthside (1899)
Love's Apotheosis
The Paradox
The Right to Die
Behind the Arras
A Hymn
Dream Song I
Dream Song II
The King Is Dead
Thou Art My Lute
The Phantom Kiss
The Crisis
Alexander Crummell Dead
For the Man Who Fails
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Warrior's Prayer
The Voice of the Banjo
A Choice
The Real Question
Chrismus on the Plantation
Foolin' wid de Seasons
A Death Song
A Letter
At Candle-Lightin' Time
How Lucy Backslid

From When Malindy Sings (1903)
When Malindy Sings
The Colored Band
In Memory of Martha
The Tryst
The Boogah Man
Noddin' by de Fire
My Sweet Brown Gal
In the Morning
The Plantation Child's Lullaby
Puttin' the Baby Away
The Fisher Child's Lullaby

From Lyrics of Love and Laughter (1903)
Joggin' Erlong
In May
The Dove
The Valse
When Dey 'Listed Colored Soldiers
To a Captious Critic
The Poet
A Spiritual
W'en I Gits Home
The Unsung Heroes
The Pool
Speakin' at de Cou't House
Black Samson of Brandywine
Booker T. Washington
The Debt
By Rugged Ways
To the South
The Haunted Oak
Robert Gould Shaw
A Love Song
A Negro Love Song
The Fount of Tears
At the Tavern

From Li'l' Gal (1904)
Li'l' Gal
A Plea
Soliloquy of a Turkey
When Sam'l Sings

From Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow (1905)
A Boy's Summer Song
The Sand-Man
Johnny Speaks
A Christmas Folksong
The Farm Child's Lullaby
The Awakening
A Musical
Twell de Night Is Pas'
Yesterday and To-morrow
At Sunset Time
At Loafing-Holt
When a Feller's Itchin' to Be Spanked
A Love Letter
Trouble in de Kitchen
The Quilting

From Howdy, Howdy, Howdy (1905)
"Howdy, Howdy, Howdy!"

From Joggin' Erlong (1906)
The Capture

Uncollected Poems
Welcome Address
Love Is a Star
The Making Up
A Toast to Dayton
Sold a C.H.S. Episode
After the Struggle
The Builder
Lullaby (II)

Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

Editorial Reviews

"The first American Negro poet of real literary distinction"