Paul Laurence Dunbar… Maya Angelou’s Influence & Inspiration!
(originally posted April 2012…edited / updated May 2014)
My mom would read Paul Laurence Dunbar poems to me often when I was about 5 Years-Old (and probably earlier but I can’t remember)…among all the poems she read to me from him…”In The Morning” was the funniest and most ingenious (to me).
My Mom probably didn’t know it, but reading this to me gave me early insight into what I would call “Sarcastic Reality”… My Mom would read it in perfect “dialect”(with respect to how it was written) …which in a strange way made me proud of my culture… the dialect to me was “OURS” and it was BEAUTIFUL to me. The irony is that you HAD TO BE ABLE TO READ WELL to pull it off..isn’t that weird?
The fact that Paul Laurence Dunbar was able to write in so-called “Southern Negro Dialect” form was a Gift and IS a long lost art. Well here it is: (Paul Laurence Dunbar was a literary genius…and my Mom is The Best Mom Ever!
(Scroll Down for the Video Version of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Original Poem – “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”)
In The Morning:
Paul Laurence Dunbar
THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF “I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS”
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Man – PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR:
MAYA ANGELOU RECITES PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR!