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  1. The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar [Illustrated]
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  2. The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar [Illustrated]

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Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Dunbar's poetry is so good that it should be almost impossible to ruin a collection of his poems, yet somehow they've done it.

Start with the table of contents and the index of first lines. The page numbers are apparently from an earlier edition of the book where the poems started on page 3. In the present edition, the poems begin on page 23, so the page numbers given start out 20 pages off. But each page contains a few extra lines, so that when you try to find the poem Sympathy ("I know what the caged bird feels, alas!") on page 102 and you think "well, let's add 20" and look on page 122, no, wrong again. It's on page 112. So if you need to find a certain poem, go to the page number they give you, read the name of a poem that is actually on that page, look that poem up in the index, and compare the page number given in the index with the page it is actually on. That will tell you approximately how many pages away your poem is. As another example, you will find We Wear The... Read more
I bought this because I like the poetry, and I like Dunbar.

This was especially good, from "Ione":
Love is a guest that comes, unbidden,
But, having come, asserts his right;
He will not be repressed nor hidden.

But by all that wonderful in this world, it was a struggle to read this poetry because the formatting and layout has been done so poorly. At times it was a struggle to read the poetry because the line breaks were so awkward. Page numbers are added INTO THE BODY OF THE POETRY ITSELF, smashed into the first word of a line. There are mistakes in the poetry due to either a poor OCR being used or because the editor wasn't paying attention.

That makes me sad and mad; sad, because this poet has some truly wonderful things to say, and mad because I just expect a higher level of professionalism to be paid to our American authors and the words they've written.

Truly, I'd give the author much higher marks, but I have to... Read more
AAH, the talent of this man!!Of all the poems he has written, the one that moved me the most was "The Colored Soldiers". "the noble sons of Ham, the gallant colored soldiers, Who fought for Uncle Sam". Early in the war they were scorned,and when "distress fell on the nation, and the flag was drooping low", these brave black men did not want the flag polluted by dust,so they joined the battle, shedding their blood right along with the white soldiers. "they were comrades then and brothers, are they more or less today?" Dunbar felt their blood "has cleansed completely, every blot of slavery's shame" No Mr. Dunbar, your poetic wish is a dream many americans still hold dear. In poetry,Dunbar captures elusive emotions,wraps them around a verse, then records them for posterity. This should be required reading for every student. I am so glad I was able to read this book, written by a man who was years ahead of his time
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