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Emma Lazarus
Emma Lazarus
Posthumously famous for her sonnet, "The New Colossus," which is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarus is considered America's first important Jewish poet...
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FURTHER READING
Poems about New York
A Man Meets a Woman in the Street
by Randall Jarrell
City That Does Not Sleep
by Federico García Lorca
Cityscape 1
by Pablo Medina
In the Village
by Derek Walcott
Making Shelves
by D. Nurkse
Meditations in an Emergency
by Frank O'Hara
New York Notes
by Harvey Shapiro
Nothing Stays Put
by Amy Clampitt
Old Coat
by Liam Rector
Public Transportation
by Elaine Sexton
Summer Night, Riverside
by Sara Teasdale
The Lower East Side of Manhattan
by Victor Hernández Cruz
The Tropics of New York
by Claude McKay
To Brooklyn Bridge
by Hart Crane
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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. 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!"



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