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. She wrote the sonnet "The New Colossus" in 1883, which includes "lines of world-wide welcome". Its lines appear inscribed on a bronze plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, installed in 1903, a decade and a half after Lazarus's death. The last stanza of the sonnet was 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 last stanza 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". Lazarus was also the author of Poems and...
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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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Comments about Emma Lazarus

  • Susanmcp1: the first key to welcoming each other back into a coherent body politic is reclaiming the values espoused by emma lazarus’s sonnet engraved on the base of the statue of liberty.
  • Btrinen: the new colossus: thread four years ago, in response to trump's hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies, i posted the text of the emma lazarus poem "the new colossus" which was used to raise money for the construction of the pedestal for the statue of liberty.
  • Sawyerwithanaww: parallel to everything, emma lazarus is a very, very good name.
  • Aodhascan: why not? it sounds like an extension of emma lazarus's garbage slave morality poem. you should be heralding such universalist, blank-slatist claptrap as you usually do.
  • Jamestkingp1: emma lazarus wrote about the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. for four years now that's been all of us. today we took that first deep breath of relief of a new day in a new land. there's so much work to do. but now it feels like we can actually do it.
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Ode Iii: To A Friend, Unsuccessful In Love
 by Mark Akenside

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Indeed, my Phædria, if to find
That wealth can female wishes gain
Had e'er disturb'd your thoughtful mind,
Or cost one serious moment's pain,
I should have said that all the rules,
You learn'd of moralists and schools,
Were very useless, very vain.
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