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Voice Of The Banjo

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"Voice Of The Banjo" by Paul Laurence Dunbar is a collection of poems that beautifully capture the essence of African American culture and history. Dunbar's use of dialect and imagery brings each poem to life, making the reader feel as if they are sitting in on a conversation or hearing a song being played on the banjo.

The themes of love, struggle, and resilience resonate throughout the book, showcasing the strength and spirit of the African American community. Dunbar's writing is both poignant and powerful, drawing the reader in with every line.

Overall, "Voice Of The Banjo" is a captivating read that celebrates the rich history and heritage of African Americans. Dunbar's words are timeless and continue to resonate with readers today. This collection is a must-read for anyone interested in African American literature and poetry.

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volunteers bring you 18 recordings of The Voice Of The Banjo by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for November 3, 2019.
What struck me in reading Mr. Dunbar's poetry was what had already struck his friends in Ohio and Indiana, in Kentucky and Illinois. They had felt, as I felt, that however gifted his race had proven itself in music, in oratory, in several of the other arts, here was the first instance of an American negro who had evinced innate distinction in literature. In my criticism of his book ... So far as I could remember, Paul Dunbar was the only man of pure African blood and of American civilization to feel the negro life aesthetically and express it lyrically.

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