The New Colossus

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  • The New Colossus Essay

    Have you ever seen The Statue of Liberty or read the poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus? Have you wondered what the meaning of the poem means? Well continue reading, you’ll get a better understanding of what the poem means. Why some groups immigrated to America, like Irish, German, and Chinese. Learn about their experiences in America. Hear testimonials of real immigrants about their feeling when they first came to America and saw The Statue of Liberty. If the meaning behind the poem reflect her promise to then. As you read you will learn this was not always the case at first. But, in the end she did keep her promise to all, but only with the help of her nation all working together could her promise be kept. The fourteen-line stanza by Emma Lazarus describes the Statue of Liberty, the symbolic meaning behind the words, in the first twelve lines. “Not like the brazen grant of Greek fame", the speaker is denial any link to the colossus. The speaker continues to disclaim any relation with the colossus by stating "With conquering limbs astride from land to land; / Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand / a mighty woman with a torch". This informs the reader that the mighty woman has no desire to conquer; she is to be known for her flaming torch, not for her limbs. "Imprisoned lightening", represents power and “her name Mother of Exiles”,…

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  • The New Colossus Poem Theme

    Regarding immigration, Senator Sanders’s presidential plan reflects upon the themes and central ideas shown in the poem, The New Colossus. In this case, that America is open for anyone everywhere. Bernie resolution states that, “ all undocumented people who have been in the United States for at least five years to stay in the country without fear of being deported”.(Enforcement, par 2.) Bernie will do so through expanding the DACA and DAPA, developed by our current president, President Obama.…

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  • Analysis Of Emma Lazarus's 'The New Colossus'

    In “Lazarus, Emma (1849-1887)” Emma Lazarus’s writes in her sonnet “the New Colossus”, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” (Par. 1). Engraved within the Statue of Liberty, the icon of freedom, this sonnet defines the country of the United States. Even before its independence from Britain, the America was vastly recognized as the land of opportunity for those seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Emigrating by the thousands, many…

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  • Analysis Of Emma Lazarus's 'New Colossus'

    In “Lazarus, Emma (1849-1887)” Emma Lazarus’s writes in her sonnet “the New Colossus”, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” (Par. 1). Engraved within the Statue of Liberty, the icon of freedom, this sonnet defines the United States of America. Even before its independence from Britain, the United States was widely known as land of opportunity for those seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Emigrating by the thousands, many immigrants,…

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  • The New Colossus: The Statue Of Liberty

    In the late 1800’s, the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France to celebrate their commitment to the principles of liberty. The statue was dedicated in New York Harbor and the decision was made to light the torch in 1886. The statue became a symbol of freedom and hope for many people including Emma Lazarus. It inspired Lazarus to write the poem “The New Colossus” in 1883 for a fundraising campaign by artists and writers to pay for the statue’s pedestal. Her poem was inspiring…

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  • The New Colossus

    The theme, “ The American Dream” is a topic that many have mixed feelings, opinions, and statements about. Back in the 1600’s America was not exactly a free nor fair state. It had its ups and downs for sure. People were just not treated fairly by most’s opinions. Religion was a big problem for sure. Today freedom and equality are guaranteed to people of all races. “The New Colossus,” a story based on the theme “The American Dream,” was written by Emma Lazarus. This story says words like, pomp,…

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  • New Colossus Poem

    America, the Mosaic Society The New Colossus poem became part of the Statue of Liberty, also known as Mother of Exiles, on Liberty Island in 1903. As the Statue of Liberty was essentially America’s welcome sign and beacon of hope for thousands of European immigrants arriving on Ellis Island, it was fitting for Emma Lazarus’s full poem to be engraved above the main entrance of the statue in 1945. Lazarus’s poem references and symbolizes freedom, opportunity, independence, and compassion to the…

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  • Symbolism In The New Colossus

    The Statue of Liberty is a symbol to many; however, to each individual the meaning of the symbol could change drastically. In The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, the statue is seen as a maternal figure who nurtures the undesirables of the world; the tired, poor, huddled masses and homeless. She stands at her post illuminating the traveler’s path to the “golden door” (Lazarus). Pat Mora’s work, Immigrants, doesn’t directly reference the Statue of Liberty, but I believe that the statue makes a…

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  • The New Colossus Analysis

    Life, Liberty and the Dispute of Happiness "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!" (Lazarus, lines 10-14) This excerpt is from Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” which is on a bronze plaque inside the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty represents the welcoming of tens of thousands of immigrants from around…

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  • The New Colossus Poem

    My nonni was full with shock when her focused in on the giant yet welcoming woman. She immediately felt safe just by looking at her, there was not one negative thought in my nonni’s mind. In the poem, the line “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” shows that not only my nonni thought the statute gave the vibe of welcoming and safety. She knew she arrived at home. Interestingly enough, she interpreted the statute as a symbol of god telling my nonni that she will live the life she always…

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