The New Colossus
"The New Colossus" is a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus (1849–1887), written in 1883. In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. (From Wikipedia)
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The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus
This poem was written in 1883. Consider what you know about American history at the time...
This poem is a sonnet. Before reading on, please read about sonnets in the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
Please look up and define the following words below:brazenexilepompwretchedteemingrefusetempest
Did you guess who the "mighty woman with a torch" is? If you have't already guessed, she is pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
You can read about the history of the Statue of Liberty here. (This annotation contains a link)
Click below to listen to a story about Emma Lazarus. (From the webpage, click "Listen" to listen to the full story.) (This annotation contains a link)
Given what you know about American history, this poem most likely addresses
How does the highlighted text address the subject of democracy?
In this poem, Lazarus compares the Statue of Liberty to the Colossus of Rhodes, a statue of the Greek Titan Helios, erected on the Greek island of Rhodes in 280 BC. It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (This annotation contains an image)