Poetic Devices In We Wear The Mask, By Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Poet writers use different poetic devices in their poetry to beautify the poem and to engage the reader by making the writing more interesting. Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first black American poet that was well recognized during his time. He helped cover the way artist of the Harlem Renaissance. Dunbar poem "We Wear The Mask" was published in 1896 which it was a time when Plessy vs Ferguson took place, which the law required racial segregation in public facilities under the belief of separate but equal. Dunbar experiences in life motivated him to write a poem, especially the ones that was previously mentioned. This poem has different themes such as suffering and lies, but most importantly, it has a great poetic device that makes the poem more interesting for the reader. Many poems and pieces of literature address the different social issue that we may experience still in today worlds. " We Wear The Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar focuses on talking about how we wear masks that hide our true feelings. Also, the speaker covers in the poem all the things that the mask hides in the world not to see all the pain and suffering that people have behind the mask. The mask that we wear doesn 't do us any favors, instead, it makes suffer to make others happy around us. The theme of…show more content…
"Nay, let them only see us, while/ we wear the mask." (8-9) this shows how the mask is being used by humans so that the world instead of seeing the truth sees the lies, the truth is harder for us to accept so people just become ignorant of who they truly are. Also, it depends on the environment we are in as swell for example, if we are at work we try to impress the managers probably for a promotion or something and in school we also wear a different mask to impress the professor and other people around
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