Analysis: Emma Lazarus' The New Colossus

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The New Colossus
The sonnet: “The New Colossus”, was written in 1883, by the Jewish poet, Emma Lazarus (1849 – 1887). The title “The new colossus” refers to The Statue of Liberty, but the fact that it is “The New Colossus”, makes the title refer to the “Old” colossus: The Statue of Rhodes (One of the seven wonders of the world). The sonnet talk’s primary about the Statue of Liberty, and what it represents. In this text I will focus on:

Analyzation of the sonnet:
The New Colossus
Find the essence
A sonnet is a 14 rime poem, primary divided in two parts. The first part (part 1) has mostly 8 lines, and these lines will present a problem. Part two has 6 lines and will present a solution to the problem. Another distinctive thing of a sonnet would be the rhythm scheme: ABBA ABBA CDCDCD

An iambic pentameter

The New Colossus:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, (A)
With conquering limbs astride from land to land; (B)
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand (B)
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame (A)
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name (B)
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand (B)
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command (A)
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. (C)
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she(D)
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, (C)
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, (D)
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. (C)
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,(D)
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" (C)
Emma Lazarus.

The first and second line refers to the Statue of Rhodes: ”the brazen giant of Greek fame” . (line 1) “limbs astride from land to land” (line 2) Describes the statues position, which you can see on the picture. The Statue of Rhodes does not exist anymore, but historians claims that it would look similar to the picture. Line 3,4,5,6, The sonnet refers to The statue of liberty, which haven’t even been built at that time, as the...
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