Emma Lazarus's Poem 'The New Colossus'

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The New Colossus
Jewish American poet Emma Lazarus wrote the poem “The New Colossus” about the Statue of Liberty in 1883. She wrote the poem in an effort to raise more money for the pedestal and welcoming immigrants from across the world to the United States (102-3). “The New Colossus” uses carefully selected diction to convey a message about the differences between America and the various countries immigrants came from. The Statue of Liberty provides a symbol for immigrants. “The New Colossus,” engraved in the base of Statue of Liberty shows the freedom, hope and land of opportunity immigrants looked forward to as they moved to the United States.
The Statue was given as a symbol of liberty and freedom that is typical of America and as a symbol
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All of these immigrants believe in the American dream. There is more freedom, hope, protection, benefits and many more. Lazarus represents hope to the hopeless. Liberty appeared as the “Mother of Exiles” represents the acceptance of immigrants who no longer welcome in their homeland and a symbol of freedom, opportunity and hope to generations of immigrants. The Statue of Liberty accepts those who have nowhere to turn. She provides them with new homes. She wants immigrants to come to the United States therefore they can’t struggle no more. I believe in the poem and myself America is the country where you go from nothing to something. Hope, freedom and land of opportunity were one of most main point in the poem. Every immigrant that came from across the world to the United States understood the risks and danger in starting a new life but they believed in the Statue of Liberty and they had hope in the American dream. “The New Colossus” was written specifically for those immigrants who were exiled and to welcome them all. We are nation of immigrants. I am an immigrant myself. A lot of hardworking families are coming to the United States such as my family to create a better future for their children. The story of immigrants is the story of America. Land of opportunity is where immigrants are dreaming of for their future. As you can see “The New Colossus” represent the freedom for immigrants that came from across the world. To end my point, this poem should be in every American history book for the next generation. Everything in this poem is true and it is seen that she is writing from the bottom of her
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