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The Mother of Exiles

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posted on Jan, 30 2017 @ 05:06 AM
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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

-Emma Lazarus

posted on Jan, 30 2017 @ 02:50 PM

"The New Colossus" is a sonnet that American poet Emma Lazarus (1849–1887) wrote in 1883 to raise money for the construction of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal's lower level.

Wikipedia: The New Colossus.

Thanks for the history lesson (again)! I had forgotten the details. What a wonderful story about this poem and the plaque. What a thing to do for your friend! The poem signifies so much. Only poetry can encapsulate so much in so few words!

posted on May, 26 2017 @ 07:42 AM
remember having to grade my essay on Emma Lazarus. though in order to write i read quite a number of your poems and getting to their gist was quite difficult, the whole process was interestingly inspiring. and E Lazarus became one of my favorite poets. love her writing style!

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