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Analysis and comments on We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Comment 11 of 261, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 12:07 PM.

this poem is much like our country. we are supposed to be the "greatest" of
all countries because we have the most freedom but we have really bad

mike from United States
Comment 10 of 261, added on January 27th, 2006 at 7:19 PM.

what a great poem, this is such a truthful peom It's great Keep it up !

Kelsey from United States
Comment 9 of 261, added on December 16th, 2005 at 3:15 PM.

o my god i absolutely love that poem,the first time i read the poem i didnt
realy understand the poem . but now that i understand what hes talikin
about and the struggle african americans went trough.and im african
american and it teaches me about my culture

brion'ka from United States
Comment 8 of 261, added on December 7th, 2005 at 9:17 PM.

Exelent poem, I just Love it

Aaron from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 261, added on December 7th, 2005 at 9:06 PM.

A great poem, I just love it Helped me understand the troubles African
Americans had to go through in the early 1900's.

Steve Solkey from United States
Comment 6 of 261, added on October 8th, 2005 at 11:55 AM.

Oddly enough, if you tell the typical english class to interpret the poem
WITHOUT knowing that it was written by Dunbar, they will see it as a poem
about conformity and false persona. If you tell them the background of the
author, they will see it as a poem about race relations... kinda funny

William from United States
Comment 5 of 261, added on October 7th, 2005 at 7:53 PM.

We Wear the Mask is my favorite poem. It depicts how African Americans
have adapted to the harsh world of racism. While volunteering at a local
shelter,the poem depicted the Katrina Evacuees.

Cheryl from United States
Comment 4 of 261, added on August 30th, 2005 at 5:09 PM.

I first read this poems as a high school student in the South. I found
this poem in my efforts to understand the slave issues we were studying and
to learn and to understand what contribution blacks had made to the
building of America. The poem was a key link into understanding just that.
You see blacks were absent from the history books of my generation. They
were only discussed as slaves. To this day I have a great appreciation for
this poetic.

carolyn from United States
Comment 3 of 261, added on August 17th, 2005 at 11:06 PM.

I have loved the poems I've read so far. I have never read his work before.
I think I'm hooked. I just "get it!"

wendy from United States
Comment 2 of 261, added on June 29th, 2005 at 1:08 PM.

I was ready a book of gathered poems this morning. I saw this one, and it
is exactly me, put into words that could not flow from my own in such
preciseness to accomplish the goal. I love it greatly. It can be anyone at
anytime. We all wear masks in a great masquerade.

Grace from United States

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Poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poem: We Wear the Mask
Added: Mar 17 2005
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