2.2: Discussion: Dunbar’s Poems
How did Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poems become written by W.E.B. You Beuys? Give specific examples from at least two poems to support your point.
Start with a one-sentence essay.
Write a paragraph about a paragraph of one poem and a second paragraph of another poem.
Be sure to use the Du Bois and Dunbar quotes and analyze them thoroughly.
Properly cite your sources using MLA work citations and in-text citations.
Please use some quotes from the book. Norton Anthology of African American Literature, Third Edition
Double Consciousness in the Works of Du Bois and Dunbar
Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s poems powerfully illustrate Du Bois’s hypothesis of double consciousness. This essay examines the relationship between Paul Dunbar’s poetry and Du Bois’s concept of double consciousness. (Dunbar para 1). This example shows the double consciousness shown by people, the world of happiness on the outside and the hurt on the inside, thus hiding their true feelings. This is consistent with Du Bois’ conceptualization of double consciousness, which posits the visceral experience of African-American oppression as a result of a racially biased white supremacist society. Social and racial oppression assumes the same. This subject is touched upon in Du Bois’ writings on the soul. It represents the part of society that must tolerate oppression and hide its truth…
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