Paul Laurence Dunbar: Master of Dialect
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This paper details the life and career of African-American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. The paper discusses Dunbar's use of dialect, melody and metaphor in his poetry and how he was able to express his love for freedom and hate for slavery as well as how he symbolized the essence of African-Americans.
From the Paper:"Paul Laurence Dunbar was among the first generation of blacks born into freedom in the United States. He was born June 27, 1872 in Dayton, Ohio, to Joshua and Matilda Dunbar (Gentry 23). As a child, Dunbar's father would tell him stories about the Civil War and the brutality of slavery, drilling into him a deep-rooted hatred of slavery that would surface later in his poems. On the other hand, his mother would tell of better times, usually slipping into a down-home dialect to give a better description. This also was a major influence on his writings, since a key point to Dunbar's success was in his ability to write in dialect (Gentry 28). He started writing early, composing poems in earnest at age twelve. In high school, he wrote for his school's newspaper, the High School Times, and several of the Wright brothers' other productions. Called "Deacon Dunbar" because he was always dignified and upright in all activities, he had a quick wit and friendly character (Gentry 12). Dunbar was the only black student to graduate from Central High in 1891 out of a class of forty-three students, and the only one three brothers to graduate."
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