TITLE

"We Wear the Mask."

AUTHOR(S)
Dunbar, Paul Laurence; Carroll, William
PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
We Wear the Mask;2011, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Poem Analysis
DOC. TYPE
Essay
ABSTRACT
Paul Laurence Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask" combines salient features of verse essay and poetic meditation as it examines the need for a special kind of social dissembling in the world in which the author lived at the end of the nineteenth century. The poem presents readers with a speaker who speaks in first-person plural, as "we" and never simply "I." This clearly indicates that the speaker should be regarded as representing a particular or special segment of society.
ACCESSION #
67051484

 

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