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".

Lazarus was also t...
Read Full Biography of Emma Lazarus

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. ...
Read All Poems

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

Emma Lazarus Quotes

Read All Quotes

Comments about Emma Lazarus

Siphebookious: qotd (emma lazarus) - "just curious...what's your fursona compared
Weranowplaying: peter boyer - "ellis island: the dream of america: epilogue: "the new colossus" (emma lazarus, 1883), read by all actors"
Sofavalentinus: the principle of subsidiarity and solidarity in american tradition emma lazarus's sonnet, the new colossus engraved on a tablet in the statue of liberty's pedestal.
Vf_dean: enjoying this biography of emma lazarus, the poet whose words grace the statue of liberty: "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
Jrh0: it's all the fault of emma lazarus. you know, "give me your tired, your poor, your mentally ill . . . ."
Read All Comments

Write your comment about Emma Lazarus

Poem of the day

Lewis Carroll Poem
Speak Roughly
 by Lewis Carroll

Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes:
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases.

Chorus (In which the cook and the baby joined):-
Wow! wow! wow!


Read complete poem

Popular Poets