EMMA LAZARUS AND THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

Seems like a good time to take a look at the Emma Lazarus poem that graces the base of the Statue of Liberty, which was, for countless immigrants, their very first sight–and promise–of America, an idea which still remains a powerful and enduring ideal in our troubled world.

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) was an American poet born in New York City. Her best known poem, the above sonnet “The New Colossus”, written in 1883, was inscribed on a bronze plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903.

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2 Responses to “EMMA LAZARUS AND THE STATUE OF LIBERTY”
  1. PassAire@aol.com says:

    lets try to live up that poem!

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