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Emma Lazarus

Poet Emma Lazarus

Profession: Poet

United States of America

Why Famous: Best known for 'The New Colossus', a sonnet written in 1883; its lines appear on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty placed in 1903.

Born: July 22, 1849
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: November 19, 1887 (aged 38)
Cause of Death: Most likely from Hodgkin's lymphoma

Quotes by Emma Lazarus

  • "The New Colossus

    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-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

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