Identity and Persona Across Genres

We Wear the Mask


  • First, read “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar silently a few times. Mark words or phrases you don’t understand to better assist you in understanding the “plain sense” of the poem.
  • Then listen as the poem is read aloud. This time, look for poetic devices such as metaphor and repetition.

When you finish, share your ideas with your classmates.