Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906) was the first African-American poet to garner national critical acclaim. His work often addressed the difficulties encountered by members of his race and the efforts of African-Americans to achieve equality in America.
What dreams we have and how they fly
Like rosy clouds across the sky;
Of wealth, of fame, of sure success,
Of love that comes to cheer and bless;
And how they wither, how they fade,
The waning wealth, the jilting jade