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Merry Autumn

- By Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio to parents who were enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar began writing stories and verse when he was a child. He published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper, and served as president of his high school's literary society. Much of Dunbar's more popular work in his lifetime was written in the "Negro dialect" associated with the antebellum South, though he also used the Midwestern regional dialect of James Whitcomb Riley.[1] Dunbar's work was praised by William Dean Howells, a leading editor associated with the Harper's Weekly, and Dunbar was one of the first African-American writers to establish an international reputation. He wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway in New York. The musical later toured in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Merry Autumn

Now purple tints are all around;
The sky is blue and mellow;
And e’en the grasses turn the ground
From modest green to yellow...
A butterfly goes winging by;
A singing bird comes after;
And Nature, all from earth to sky,
Is bubbling o’er with laughter...
The earth is just so full of fun
It really can’t contain it;
And streams of mirth so freely run
The heavens seem to rain it...
Why, it’s the climax of the year,—
The highest time of living!—
Till naturally its bursting cheer
Just melts into thanksgiving.

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Rating: A

Words: 103

Unique Words : 73

Sentences : 21

Reading Time : 0:27

Noun : 50

Conjunction : 7

Adverb : 9

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 7

Pronoun : 5

Verb : 15

Preposition : 13

Letter Count : 437

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Formal

Difficult Words : 33

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