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Comment 25 of 265, added on April 20th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 24 of 265, added on April 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 PM.
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woow!!! this poem really tuched me.It has been said many times that "you
can not judge a book by it's cover" and "do not judge a man untill you have
walkd a mile in his shoes." A person may appear one way on the out side but
is feeling the opposite on the inside. We waer diffrent mask every day and
don't relize it. "We Wear the Mask" is a lyric pem that oppressed black
faced to hidel their pain and frustrations. In this poem many lasn's can be
learn. And i two wear the mask.
Paul L. Dumbar writes about hides and separates the viewer from the viewed
just like actor. They wear mask when they are performing.Slaves as well.
Enslaved people wear mask every day. They were treated with such disrespect
and humiliation.

rae'ven from United States
Comment 23 of 265, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:38 AM.

How fitting that Paul Lawrence Dunbar wrote about wearing a mask. He wore a
mask and he was a tortured soul. He raped his wife before marrying her and
they separated because he almost beat her to death and then left her for
dead. He was a wife beater, alcoholic, a rapist and possibly bi-polar. He
may have died of tuberculosis but I am sure his soul was tortured because
of his unchristian like behavior.

Rochelle from United States
Comment 22 of 265, added on February 26th, 2008 at 9:03 PM.

this poem was so totally awsome!!
touches my heart

gabby from United States
Comment 21 of 265, added on May 9th, 2007 at 9:06 AM.

i am doing a report on Paul Laurence Dunbar and this is by far one of the
best poems of his. because we do wear the mask and hide our deepest
feelings and we dont really show our potential.

Datravius Capers from United States
Comment 20 of 265, added on May 8th, 2007 at 9:04 AM.

The Greatest poem that i ever read

Leroy Broner from United States
Comment 19 of 265, added on May 7th, 2007 at 2:05 PM.

I read this poem because a High School student, raising money for research
into uveitis, used the poem to describe the lives of uveitis sufferers.
Good poetry moves us and makes us think. Our thoughts may not be those the
poet was thinking, our times may be far removed from the days the poet was
alive, but good poetry contains a universiality in its subject that is
understood across generations and cultures.
I have uveitis which is blinding me. The poem made me cry because I don't
wear a mask: all can see my pain. It humbled me because I lack the courage
to hide my fear, my anger, my desperation. Great writers speak of the human
condition and Dunbar has chosen one of our better traits: our ability to
retain dignity when the cards are stacked against us. He also does that
remarkable thing great writers do with ease - create empathy. I like to
imagine him as a poet who changed the lives of others for the better.

Samphire from United Kingdom
Comment 18 of 265, added on February 26th, 2007 at 9:46 PM.

I understand that this poem had some African-American meanings behind it,
but does anyone else think it could have another meaning...?... He
expresses how "we" are hiding things inside, how "we" are hiding our true
feelings, and how "we" are putting on a facade so the "world thinks
otherwise"
Could Paul Lawrence Dunbar had been a Christian, talking about the masks
that "we" wear because of whatever reasons???


Comment 17 of 265, added on May 11th, 2006 at 10:00 PM.

I think this poem is not only a good representation of the struggle african
americans went through, but more specifically; I believe the mask he is
talking about was imposed on them. this poem was written post-civil war
when black and white men were trying to co-exist. White men humored
themselves with Minstrel shows and blackface acting. Even black men would
paint over thier already dark skin and over-exaggerate thier mouth with
huge white lips painted on. when he speaks of the tortures souls arising i
think he means his fore-fathers who went through the pain of slavery.

Hannah from United States
Comment 16 of 265, added on May 10th, 2006 at 7:46 AM.

the first time i read this poem was in a theater class for a project and
what it meant to me is that sometimes children and other people hide their
true selvs from everyone else like the children that are abused or the
children that dont have parents that care about them but when i looked this
up on here i found that it was relly about african americans and the
struggle that they have went through and i read it again and it does all
come into place now this is a great poem keep up the good work

brandi from United States

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