Emma Lazarus Poems

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Emma Lazarus
Emma Lazarus (July 22, 1849 November 19, 1887) was an American poet born in New York City. She is best known for writing "The New Colossus", a sonnet written in 1883, that is now engraved on a bronze plaque on a wall in the base of the Statue of Liberty. The sonnet was solicited by William Maxwell Evarts as a donation to an auction, conducted by the "Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund for the Statue of Liberty" to raise funds to build the pedestal.

the man into whose yard you should not hit your ball
each day mowed
and mowed his lawn, his dry quarter-acre,
the machine slicing a wisp
f... [read poem]
When I was young I had a care
Lest I should cheat me of my share
Of that which makes it sw... [read poem]
the new colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
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Broom out the floor now, lay the fender by,
And plant this bee-sucked bough of woodbine there,... [read poem]
spring and autumn
Green ripples singing down the corn,
With blossoms dumb the path I tread,
And in the music... [read poem]
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