"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
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"We Wear the Mask" appeared in Dunbar's first professionally published volume, Lyrics of Lowly Life, in 1896 by Dodd, Mead, and Company. It also appeared in the volume Majors and Minors from the previous year. Dunbar was an activist against slavery and the oppression of African Americans in America. This point of view can clearly be seen in "We Wear the Mask," having the world beat down on a race but have them put on a face of bravery and happiness although what these masked people are feeling is opposite of what their masks are showing to the world.
~ Alicia Homan, UW-Eau Claire student, English 348
April is National Poetry Month! UW-Eau Claire students in English 348 (Topics in American Literature) are celebrating National Poetry Month with the McIntyre Library.
Featured poems will be listed here in the order they appear on the blog.