Note That Dunbar Rhyme Scheme

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Note that Dunbar also uses rhyme as a bowling pin in this poem. He sets up the rhyme scheme, only to knock it down with a jarring interruption that doesn't fit the flow of his AABB rhythm. The interruption is what truly enhances the experience for the reader because it acts as a blaring reminder that no matter how much pain and agony the speaker goes through, he still must wear a mask. However, the poem is more nuanced than it appears. Dunbar uses the meaning of his poem not to describe just anyone, but a specific group of people. He's really talking about the pain that black people went through during the 19th century, and how they were forced to hide their pain from
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