Black Poetry : "Negro Poetry"

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  1. innerbeauty

    innerbeauty Member MEMBER

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    I was on the computer and came across one of the first "Negro" Poetry books. Look and see how even before black people could write properly, we were writing poetry. Also, look at how uneducated we were. Please read, and feel free to comment.



    Lover's Lane
    By Paul Laurence Dunbar


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    Summah night an' sighin' breeze,
    'Long de lovah's lane;
    Frien'ly, shadder-mekin' trees,
    'Long de lovah's lane.
    White folks' wo'k all done up gran' --
    Me an' 'Mandy han'-in-han'
    Struttin' lak we owned de lan',
    'Long de lovah's lane.

    Owl a-settin' 'side de road,
    'Long de lovah's lane,
    Lookin' at us lak he knowed
    Dis uz lovah's lane.
    Go on, hoot yo' Mou'nful tune,
    You ain' nevah loved in June,
    An' come hidin' f'om de moon
    Down in lovah's lane.

    Bush it ben' an' nod an' sway,
    Down in lovah's lane,
    Try'n' to hyeah me whut I say
    'Long de lovah's lane.
    But I whispahs low lak dis,
    An' my 'Mandy smile huh bliss --
    Mistah Bush he shek his fis',
    Down in lovah's lane.

    Whut I keer ef day is long,
    Down in lovah's lane.
    I kin allus sing a song
    'Long de lovah's lane.
    An' de wo'ds I hyeah an' say
    Meks up fu' de weary day
    Wen I's strollin' by de way,
    Down in lovah's lane.

    An' dis t'ought will allus rise
    Down in lovah's lane;
    Wondah whethah in de skies
    Dey's a lovah's lane.
    Ef dey ain't, I tell you true,
    'Ligion do look mighty blue,
    'Cause I do' know whut I'd do
    'Dout a lovah's lane.
     
  2. MzBlkAngel

    MzBlkAngel Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    thanks for sharing.....
    can you post a link please
     
  3. Khasm13

    Khasm13 STAFF STAFF

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    thank you for sharing innerbeauty...
    this is tru....black people have always
    had a different way of expressing ourselves...


    on this site...all must submit a link to the original page
    if poetry, news or anything else shared is not original thoughts
    this is to make sure the source website gets its just due...
    again...thank you for sharing this enlightening piece
    i hope to see some of your work soon...
    one love
    khasm
     
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    innerbeauty Member MEMBER

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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    nice thank u for da link
     
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    deepy going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Paul Laurence Dunbar is truly one of our greatest poets...
    not only did he write in dialect.(which is what that is)
    he wrote in traditional english
    read "The Colored Soldiers", for example
    he was gifted...and Phyllis Wheatley was the first published black poet..
    but Dunbar(I was raised on him...had a great mother)..did all his
    "Malindy" and "Lucy" poems in dialect..
    "seen you down the street last nite, never mind Miss Lucy
    what you say? oh that's alright..never mind Miss Lucy"
    just the beginning of that piece...
    some of his poems were the first true "raps"...
    complete anthologies of his works exist...read more of him
    and I think you will change some of your original statement..
    So glad, tho, you brought him to the front...
    He was, as Langston was....a poet of the people
     
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    nabraska Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I hope that there weren't too many people surprised to see a Paul Lawrence Dunbar piece....this brotha was a forfather to Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, The Last Poets and many many others. I glad to see that we are bringing back some of the brothers who helped originate this thing of not only Black Poetry but poetry in general. Dunbar was known for writing a lot of pieces in dialect, to show how our people spoke. So much props for bringing this brother back to the forefront!!!!
     
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    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Let's give our foremothers and fathers their just do! Thank you for sharing this link with us. I will be sure to visit.
     
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    Thanks for postin...although I don't think that they were uneducated by there level shown in their writings. 'IMHO' I think their basic understanding of english and their reading and writing abilities were not up to par as their white educated counterparts;but they still managed to get their points across given what they had to work with. Initially, I had to look at this and strain to get the understanding it deserves. Then I stopped and refocused and took another look as if it were a foreign language or better yet a foreigner trying to understand the english language who had to work it out phonetically. Again thanks for postin.
     
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    THnks for the post, wouldve never known
     
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