poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar

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A Plea

Treat me nice, Miss Mandy Jane,
Treat me nice.
Dough my love has tu'ned my brain,
Treat me nice.
I ain't done a t'ing to shame,
Lovahs all ac's jes' de same;
Don't you know we ain't to blame?
Treat me nice!

Cose I know I 's talkin' wild;
Treat me nice;
I cain't talk no bettah, child,
Treat me nice;
Whut a pusson gwine to do,
Wen he come a-cou'tin' you
All a-trimblin' thoo and thoo?
Please be nice.

Reckon I mus' go de paf
Othahs do:
Lovahs lingah, ladies laff;
Mebbe you
Do' mean all the things you say,
An' pu'haps some latah day
W'en I baig you ha'd, you may
Treat me nice!

Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/16/2020 11:55:00 PM)

    good manner
    good behavior
    graceful words
    always cultivates the beautiful love in heart.....so, Treat me nice dear Miss Mandy Jane!

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (9/16/2020 9:24:00 PM)

    'Treat me nice! ' - The only three words of the poem that conveyed a meaning to me.

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  • Andrew BlakemoreAndrew Blakemore (9/16/2020 3:56:00 PM)

    A poem of a repressed soul

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  • L Milton Hankins (9/16/2020 2:17:00 PM)

    This is Dunbar at his finest..es from the depths of his soul.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (9/16/2020 11:44:00 AM)

    Ice of peace! !
    Dice of love! ! !
    Treat me nice;
    With the beauty of life.



    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Deluke Muwanigwa (9/16/2020 1:54:00 AM)

    Lovely plea. Please oppressor ma'am treat heah naice. You can feel its from the soul

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (9/16/2020 12:38:00 AM)

    WOW! The greatest poem Dunbar died so young at 33 years, he suffered from Tuberculosis, how very sad. CONGRATULATIONS to the family of the late great American Poet. His life history is amazing! I am very happy to know him now forr 100% How young he wrote poetry and his " I don't care" attitude, I can feel and imagine that. A handsome and great poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. WOW! God's Blessings greatest for his beloved family

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