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The Haunted Oak by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

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Sharmarke Hassan

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Transcript of The Haunted Oak by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

Theme of the Poem
The theme of the poem is the injustice the African-Americans faced by the lynch mobs, who killed innocent people with the intention of suppressing the civil rights workers.
Poetic devices
Personification
" I feel the rope against my bark
And the weight of him in my grain,
I feel in the throe of my final woe
The touch of my own last pain"

Paul Laurence Dunbar applies human characteristics and emotions to the old oak-tree.
Purpose of the Poem
The poems purpose is to protest against, and to broadcast the suffering of innocent African-Americans. Many of whom were lynched without a credible reason for such treatment, whilst countless others were otherwise persecuted.
The Haunted Oak by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
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Contribution:
Halima : Pictures and a poetic device
Cherrice: Purpose of the poem and a poetic device
Sharmarke: Theme and a poetic device
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Work cited:
(1) http://www.potw.org/archive/potw357.html

(2) http://www.humanities360.com/index.php/poetry-analysis-the-haunted-oak-by-paul-laurence-dunbar-2-67735/



Omnipresent Symbolism

"And ever the judge rides by, rides by, And goes to hunt the deer,"

In this quotation Paul compares deers to African-Americans. The judge knowingly sentences guiltless African Americans who are like deers are innocent, calm, and pleasant creatures.
Repetition
Paul Dunbar repeats the phrase at the end of the fourth, sixth, and fourteenth stanza. He repeats, “So bare, so bare”, “The old, old crime”, “By night, by night”, and “rides by, rides by” to create a rhymes and rhythm.
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