Paul Laurence Dunbar. WE WEAR THE MASKS Mikey M eacham . Paul Laurence Dunbar. Born on June 27, 1872, Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition His parents were freed slaves from Kentucky
WE WEAR THE MASKS
An example of apostrophe- “We smile, but oh great Christ, our cries too thee from tortured souls.
An example of personification- “with torn and bleeding hearts we smile”, “Too thee tortured souls arise
Example of alliteration- “ With torn and bleeding hearts We smile and Mouth With Myriad subtleties”.
Paradox- the poem wears a mask because it does not mention racial prejudice but the poem is about it