COMPLETE [Weekly Poem] The Poet and The Baby by Paul Laurence Dunbar - dl

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Post by aradlaw » August 31st, 2018, 6:56 pm

The Poet and The Baby by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906).

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What struck me in reading Mr. Dunbar's poetry was what had already struck his friends in Ohio and Indiana, in Kentucky and Illinois. They had felt, as I felt, that however gifted his race had proven itself in music, in oratory, in several of the other arts, here was the first instance of an American negro who had evinced innate distinction in literature. (W.D. Howells in the Introduction to The Compete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar)
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How's a man to write a sonnet, can you tell,—
How's he going to weave the dim, poetic spell,—
When a-toddling on the floor
Is the muse he must adore,
And this muse he loves, not wisely, but too well?

Now, to write a sonnet, every one allows,
One must always be as quiet as a mouse;
But to write one seems to me
Quite superfluous to be,
When you 've got a little sonnet in the house.

Just a dainty little poem, true and fine,
That is full of love and life in every line,
Earnest, delicate, and sweet,
Altogether so complete
That I wonder what's the use of writing mine.

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Post by JenniferFour » September 2nd, 2018, 5:01 pm

Loaded mine; first time I have contributed in a while.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/poetbaby_dunbar_jef_128kb.mp3

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Post by tovarisch » September 2nd, 2018, 5:28 pm

tovarisch
  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by aradlaw » September 2nd, 2018, 7:38 pm

Thank you Jennifer and tovarisch. :thumbs:
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Post by Nedge » September 3rd, 2018, 3:22 am

Nan

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do." Anne Lamott

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Post by aradlaw » September 3rd, 2018, 5:53 am

Thank you Mark and Nan. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » September 3rd, 2018, 8:59 am

Thank you Graham. :thumbs:
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Post by Foon » September 3rd, 2018, 10:42 am

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Post by aradlaw » September 3rd, 2018, 1:16 pm

Thank you Foon. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » September 3rd, 2018, 5:16 pm

Thank you Lee Ann. :thumbs:
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Post by SlickWiggler » September 3rd, 2018, 7:33 pm

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