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  • 1. PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR &“WE WEAR THE MASK”
  • 2. Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872-1906 First African American to gain national recognition for and support himself by writing Born in Dayton, Ohio to former slaves Couldn‟t find work in writing business because of race, so took a job as an elevator operator
  • 3. Dunbar‟s Writing Took out a loan to publish first book of poetry Impressed critics  very popular Wrote formal and informal poetry  Critics usually focused on informal (rural dialect)  Criticized by other African Americans  thought he was just giving white readers what they wanted
  • 4. Literary Terms: Review Exact rhyme: exactly the same  „days‟ and „ways‟ Slant rhyme: sound alike but not exact  „prove‟ and „love‟ End rhyme: occurs at ends of poetic lines  „The dog went to the store. We don‟t go anymore.‟ Internal rhyme: appears within a line  „They cried when she died.‟
  • 5. “We Wear the Mask”1. Who does “we” refer to?2. What emotions do the “masks” cover up?3. Why would it be bad for “the world (to be) overwise, / in counting all (their) tears and sighs?”4. What is the rhyme scheme?5. Name 3 other situations this poem could apply to.  For example, a boy might „wear a mask‟ by playing baseball even if he‟d rather play with his sister‟s toys.
  • 6. Classwork1. Write your own poem in a similar manner. Use the same rhyme scheme as Dunbar. You may:  Choose to write about a “mask” you wear OR  Choose to write about one of the 3 examples you wrote.2. Create a mask and design it based on your poem. Make sure it highlights the mood and issues in your writing.

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