Don’t do that. Don’t skip stages in your life. You’re 19, kiss a few boys and wear your heart on your sleeve. There will come a time when you’re 39 and stuck in a suit, wondering why the hell you were so eager to grow up in the first place.
July 22, 1892: “The New Colossus” Poet Emma Lazarus was Born
On this day in 1892, Emma Lazarus was born in New York City. Her famous sonnet, “The New Colossus,” written in 1883, is engraved on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. The most recognizable lines of the poem, “‘Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…’”, represent the spirit of American immigration – for which the Statue of Liberty is a shining pillar, lighting the way toward better times ahead.
On the Statue of Liberty’s 125th anniversary last year, MetroFocus and the Museum of Jewish Heritage examined Emma Lazarus’s sonnet in order to explore the statue’s meaning in the present day.