WE wear the mask that grins and lies,

As a youngster, I was an avid football fan, and I had been following------- exploits. I remember seeing the photo sequence and myreaction being not so much shock at the brutality of the hit -football, after all, was in many ways a meaner game in those days -as disappointment at what appeared to be the end of -------spectacular college career.

But fitted with a makeshift face mask, ------- did manage toreturn two weeks later for one last college game, and he rushed for 204yards to finish with more than 6,000 yards in total offense forhis career.

Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the most prolific poets of his time.

The mask she is wearing covers the whole face, you can only see the woman’s blue eyes.
Photo provided by

That’sthe only time I’d wear a facemask.”MORE ON TOMMY McDONALD:

It very well used the concept of symbolic inferences, in its usage of the 'mask' as a symbol of scripted reality.
On a broader note, the poem states the impact of sufferings inflicted on the minority on grounds of racial divide.

We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar | Poetry …

In this musical, and often in real life, wearing a mask filters out the evil in the world, and allows the world to be viewed as a more beautiful place....

In "We Wear the Mask" it seems that Paul Laurence Dunbar is conveying this message to his audience.
Photo provided by

Paul Laurence Dunbar, “We Wear the Mask” and W.E.B …

The changing times for betterment are yet to arrive that could liberate them from their agony.

Having said all of these, the poet goes back to the initial phase, that is to keep wearing the mask of happiness and smile, so that the world doesn't get a cue of their sufferings and believes that they are really happy people, which in reality is a complete antithesis of reality.

We Wear The Mask — Blogs, Pictures, and more on …

Because of the poem’s indirectness and generalized ambiguity, the interpretation of the “we” that wears the “mask” and why they do so is left unanimously undisclosed.

We Wear The Mask Poetry analysis | Poetry

The smoky air is capable of causing respiratory problems, especiallyfor people with asthma, and people in the Portland area have beenadvised to stay inside or, if they must go out, to wear masks andavoid exertion.

Chesnutt and Paul Laurence Dunbar

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream other-wise,
We wear the mask!

We wear the mask that grins and lies, ..

Paul Laurence Dunbar used vivid, descriptive and symbolic language to portray images in his poetry of the senseless prejudices and racism that African Americans faced in America....