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Emma Lazarus (1849 – 1887) was an American poet, translator, and activist best remembered for “The New Colossus.” Following is a sampling of poems by Emma Lazarus, a talented and dedicated woman who deserves to be rediscovered and read.
“The New Colossus,” her most famous poem, is the 1883 sonnet that contains the iconic “lines of world-wide welcome” inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
It would be a pity if this were her sole legacy, as she was incredibly accomplished, made all the more impressive by the fact that she died prematurely at the age of thirty-eight. Lazarus was one of the first Jewish American authors to achieve national stature. Read More→