Who is Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus (July 22, 1849 – November 19, 1887) was an American author of poetry, prose, and translations, as well as an activist for Jewish and Georgist causes. She is remembered for writing the sonnet "The New Colossus", which was inspired by the Statue of Liberty, in 1883. Its lines appear inscribed on a bronze plaque, installed in 1903, on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. The last lines of the sonnet were set to music by Irving Berlin as the song "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" for the 1949 musical Miss Liberty, which was based on the sculpting of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World). The latter part of the sonnet was also set by Lee Hoiby in his song "The Lady of the Harbor" written in 1985 as part of his song cycle "Three Women".

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Emma Lazarus Poems

  • Chrysalis. (little Poems In Prose.)
    1. Long, long has the Orient-Jew spun around his helplessness the cunningly enmeshed web of Talmud and Kabbala.

    2. Imprisoned in dark corners of misery and oppression, closely he drew about him the dust-gray filaments, soft as silk and stubborn as steel, until he lay death-stiffened in mummied seclusion.
    ...
  • In Morte. Xliii
    Yon nightingale who mourns so plaintively
    Perchance his fledglings or his darling mate,
    Fills sky and earth with sweetness, warbling late,
    Prophetic notes of melting melody. ...
  • A Degenerate Age. (translations From The Hebrew Poets Of Medaeval Spain.)
    Where is the man who has been tried and found strong and sound?
    Where is the friend of reason and of knowledge?
    I see only sceptics and weaklings.
    I see only prisoners in the durance of the senses, ...
  • The Sower. (little Poems In Prose.)
    1. Over a boundless plain went a man, carrying seed.

    2. His face was blackened by sun and rugged from tempest, scarred and distorted by pain. Naked to the loins, his back was ridged with furrows, his breast was plowed with stripes.
    ...
  • Defiance. (translations From The Hebrew Poets Of Medaeval Spain.)
    "Conquer the gloomy night of thy sorrow, for the morning greets
    thee with laughter.
    Rise and clothe thyself with noble pride,
    Break loose from the tyranny of grief. ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Emma Lazarus

Soul 85 Earth 85 Heart 74 Light 73 Long 71 Love 70 Life 70 I Love You 70 World 67 Sweet 64


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Vacanciesinukr1: social worker emma lazarus h.s
Fugettaboutit2: "until we are all free, we are none of us free" --emma lazarus, 1883
Findlinksshare: the new colossus by emma lazarus 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.
Eelzebra: there is nothing that emma lazarus
Mrfuzzydunlop1: the new colossus. emma lazarus, 1883. … “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-tost to me, i lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
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