The "Sympathy" Paul Laurence Dunbar poem is a metaphor for what it means to be a large black, while the 19 Century. Paul Laurence Dunbar was often hailed as the Poet Laureate of the Negro race, but also was often criticized as too pro-white in his writings.
Dunbar was an intelligent man who often wrote both in dialect and in plain English. Are scientists such as William Dean Howells poems suggest that Dunbar poems divided into two groups: literature andDialect. It is often assumed that the dialect poetry of Dunbar and his more authentic culture. However, the majority of the work of Dunbar literary success until the second half of the 20th Century have been preserved.
"Sympathy" is one of Howells's poems in the category of literature set. Even if it has a cultural significance, it lacks the other Dunbar used dialect in his poems. This poem has three stanzas, each consisting of a model in rhyme. The first verseABCCBAA, is the second ABAABAA, with the third and final stanza is ABCCBAA ? the same as the first.
The poem begins with a bird cage, his head at the sight of the beautiful scenery and the sun is shining brightly. The author declares that he knows what it's like to feel this way. The second verse speaks of the bird's wings clashing against the bars until it bleeds. The bird is "old, old scars," suggests that the bird has been done many times. He wants to and is the author. Thelast verse is about the singing of the birds, but not of "joy and happiness," but of prayer. The bird is to ask God to leave him to his cage so he can enjoy the beauty outside of the cage. Dunbar was, then he knows that the bird does this, suggesting that it does the same thing.
"Sympathy" is a metaphor for life feels Dunbar. Who is trapped in a cage and wanted to go and enjoy in other areas of life. He wants to enjoy the river and the "spring grass". But no matter how hard you try andhow hard he prays, he managed to escape. However, he is looking to continue.