30 Days of Poetry Love 2- Anthology- Emma Lazarus


Credit image: National Poetry Month logo/Poets.org

It’s April 23rd which means it’s there’s now 7 days left until National Poetry Month ends.

Where did the time go?!

Anyways, today’s poem is by Emma Lazarus.


Credit image: Poets.org; Engraving by T. Johnson, 1872. Courtesy of The New York Historical Society

Emma was born in New York City on July 22, 1849. She showed an interest in poetry from a young age. And would later write poems exploring her Jewish culture and identity. Her poem The New Colossus refers to the Statue of Liberty as a colossus. More than just a giant statue but an important symbol of America as a new world. A country of new opportunities and a better life.

PS I’m on Unicorn Bell today, blogging about the letter T for the A to Z challenge. My theme is poetic forms and I’ve written a new poem for it. Come over and find out what T is for

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4 thoughts on “30 Days of Poetry Love 2- Anthology- Emma Lazarus

    • I don’t think too many people know of her. But she was an advocate for immigrants and the right to freedom. The lines “Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” from her poem The New Colossus is engraved on the Statue of Liberty.


  1. I read that her father arranged for the poems she wrote at fourteen years old to be privately published (1866). The next year, they were published commercially in Poems and Translations.
    @dino0726 from 
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