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We Wear the Mask

We Wear the Mask

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Analysis: Calling Card

Cool and Objective

There's no need to shout, and Dunbar does an excellent job of proving that sometimes it's better to stay cool than get angry. In fact, his objective perspective is one of his most notable qualities that established him as a new American voice that was not to be taken lightly. Don't believe us?

Well take a look at some other famous poems by our man Dunbar that are cool and objective, like "Beyond the Years" and "In Summer". By keeping cool, Dunbar proved to be the most influential black poet of his time, going on to inspire countless others, both black and white. And since his messages are still read and talked about today, there's something to be said about the importance of keeping a level head.

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