The New Colossus

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The poem, “The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus promises hope for immigrants coming to America, but did America really live up to the promise of this poem? Emma Lazarus was an American-Jewish poet. This poem is explaining to the readers on how the Statue of Liberty was brought to America along with why it was brought to American. Also, it gave us information on who actually got it over to America and who the statue is made of. A statue that was made of her was donated to an auction of art and literacy work and it was to raise money to build a pedestal for a colossal statue that was given to the United States by France. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” this expression was explaining to us what America has to offer the entire world and the Mother of Exiles. “Of Liberty Enlightening the World,” This was the original name that was given to the Statue of Liberty before coming over to the United States. At first, the author of this poem did not want to make a poem about the Statue of Liberty. She had changed her mind after a friend had talked her into making a poem. The friend told her that the statue would be a great fit and a good thing for immigrants.…show more content…
Emma Lazarus was more interested in trying to be an advocate for the flooding in the destitute Jewish immigrants that were fleeing anti-Semitic violence that was going in Russia in the mid-1800. This went on throughout Eastern Europe. This poem was very emotional for her and this poem had changed the United States in a whole new meaning. This poem was written to proclaim no war or conquest. It was written for freedom for immigrants as well as enlightenment and compassion. Everyone thought of Emma Lazarus as a warrior, but she saw herself as her torch of imprisonment has been tarnished. This was done through the Statue of
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