Who was Paul Laurence Dunbar?
When and where did he live?
What was going on in the USA at that time? How about the world?
What kind of works did he write?
For what works was he best known?
Why and for whom might he have written “Good Night?”
What about his word choices relate to his human condition (or his “love’s”)?
Why might this poem be relevant to Marietta?
Why might this poem be relevant to our current society?
What musical elements might I have used to reflect Dunbar’s words?
What can you do as a performer to bring light to Dunbar’s words through your musical interpretation of this piece?