The meaning of the poem "Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar is that, as an African American man, the poet empathizes with the bird locked in a cage and the lack of freedom he feels as he views the outside world. The poet ... More »

The poem "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar is about the physical and emotional oppression of African slaves in America. Dunbar, who was himself an African-American descendant of slaves, first published the poem ... More »

"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar delineates the suffering of black people in America. It is widely regarded as one of his finest poems on their plight in the United States. The poem also expresses condemnation ... More »

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The poem "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar is about the physical and emotional oppression of African slaves in America. Dunbar, who was himself an African-American descendant of slaves, first published the poem ... More »

"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar delineates the suffering of black people in America. It is widely regarded as one of his finest poems on their plight in the United States. The poem also expresses condemnation ... More »

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The poem "Desiderata" focuses on the idea that people should see the world, with both its joys and its troubles, with hope and placidity. The title translates from Latin to "Desired Things." More »

The line "for whom the bell tolls" is in a poem by John Donne, a poet who lived during the 16th and 17th centuries. Ernest Hemingway had his famous book of the same name published in 1940, so he would have gotten the tit... More »

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