Lyrics of Love and Laughter is a collection of 102 poems, some newly-written, others published in previous volumes. This work includes a mixture of both dialect and standard literary English selections. Dunbar saw both styles as important to his career. While some have criticized Dunbar for perpetuating stereotypes through dialect writings, others view these works as an attempt to foster a distinct black aesthetic.
To access a 1908 printing of Lyrics of Love and Laughter in the Special Collections and Archives reading room, request Curio 821 D889LyL.