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Analysis and comments on When Malindy Sings by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Comment 2 of 62, added on March 29th, 2008 at 12:44 AM.

This is one of Mr. Dunbar's favorite pieces. I've imagined that Malindy
must have had a voice that captured the essence and quality of Mahalia,
Patty, Aretha, Gladys, Yolanda, Mary J., Beyonce, Fantasia, Alicia, Celine,
Dolly, Barbara Streisand, Whitney and Billie Holiday all rolled up into
one! This girl, Malindy was simply awesome as a songbird. She probably
could also have "STOPPED TRAFFIC" with her voice in song. Afterall, Mr.
Dunbar tells us in this poem that even the Mockingbirds quit trying to
whistle, 'cause they were so ashamed of themselves ... when Malindy sang.
Although it's written in dialect, it's fairly easy to read and the
message is clear. You will know early in this piece, what happens When
Malindy Sings!
Thank you, Mr. Dunbar for your great works and contributions!



Rasheeda K. Ali from United States
Comment 1 of 62, added on June 14th, 2006 at 6:25 AM.

Dunbar catches much of the spirit that bursts from the hearts of many
African American singers as they bear their testimonies in song. Their
sincerity is matched by their spine tingling tonal quality. Dunbar had
obviously heard Malindy sing and shares the experience with us.
Thanks Paul, wherever you are.

Doral Kemper from United States

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Poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poem: When Malindy Sings
Added: Mar 17 2005
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Poem of the Day: Mar 23 2008


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