1983horizons1: "The New Colossus" March 07, 2010
"The New Colossus" is a poem written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 and was engraved inside the Statue of Liberty. The poem talks about the millions of immigrants who came to the United States (many of them through Ellis Island at the port of New York).
The title of the poem, "The New Colossus" and the first two lines refer to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The "air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame" refers to New York City and Brooklyn, which were two separate cities in 1893.
The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, 1893
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!"
95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*
- New York (Harbor)
- Liberty Island
- [Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson (River).]