Emma Lazarus: Selected Poems: Selected Poems

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The first important American Jewish poet, Emma Lazarus is remembered above all for her classic sonnet "The New Colossus," whose phrases ("Give me your tired, your poor ...") have become part of the American language. In this new selection of Lazarus' work, John Hollander demonstrates that in her relatively brief life she achieved real poetic mastery in a variety of modes. In early poems like "Phantasies" and "Symphonic Studies," she explored fluently imagined inner landscapes suggested by the music of Schumann. ...
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Overview

The first important American Jewish poet, Emma Lazarus is remembered above all for her classic sonnet "The New Colossus," whose phrases ("Give me your tired, your poor ...") have become part of the American language. In this new selection of Lazarus' work, John Hollander demonstrates that in her relatively brief life she achieved real poetic mastery in a variety of modes. In early poems like "Phantasies" and "Symphonic Studies," she explored fluently imagined inner landscapes suggested by the music of Schumann. Later, her deepening interest in Jewish history and culture was expressed in such powerful poems as "1492," "The New Ezekiel," and "The Guardian of the Red Disk." Influenced both by American models, among them her poetic mentor Emerson, and by the poets whose work she translated, including Heinrich Heine and the medieval Hebrew poets Solomon Ibn Gabirol and Judah ha-Levi, she forged a poetic style of high technical accomplishment and moral passion. Long neglected, her work is revealed in this volume as an important contribution to American poetry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931082778
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: American Poets Project Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,058,708
  • Product dimensions: 4.85 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Niagara 1
Niagara river below the falls 1
Florence nightingale 4
Dreams 5
On a tuft of grass 7
In the Jewish synagogue at Newport 9
In a Swedish graveyard 11
The garden of Adonis 13
Morning 15
Exultation 16
Sonnet 17
The day of dead soldiers 18
from Epochs : I. Youth 20
from Epochs : II. Regret 21
from Epochs : IV. Storm 22
How long? 23
Heroes 24
Links 27
Phantasies 28
Arabesque 37
Off rough point 39
Fog 40
Song 44
The south 45
Magnetism 47
August moon 49
A masque of Venice 54
Echoes 57
Success 57
The new colossus 58
Venus of the Louvre 59
Chopin 59
Symphonic studies 61
Long Island sound 64
Destiny 66
From one augur to another 67
The cranes of Ibycus 68
Critic and poet 69
St. Michael's chapel 69
Life and art 70
Sympathy 71
Youth and death 71
Age and death 72
City visions 72
Influence 73
Restlessnes 74
The new year 76
In exile 77
In memoriam - Rev. J. J. Lyons 79
The banner of the Jew 80
The guardian of the red disk 82
The valley of Baca 84
The New Ezekiel 85
Bar Kochba 86
1492 87
The feast of lights 87
Gifts 89
By the waters of Babylon 91
Outside the church 98
Spring joy 101
Scenes in the wood 103
The winds 109
Phantasmagoria 114
Under the sea 116
The Christmas tree 117
The will-o'-the-wisp 120
Grotesque 120
The taming of the falcon 124
Progress and poverty 125
To R.W.E. 126
Assurance 126
Donna Clara [Heine] 128
Song [Heine] 132
from The North Sea, first cyclus : II. Twilight [Heine] 132
from The North Sea, first cyclus : night-piece [Ibn Gabirol] 133
from On the voyage to Jerusalem : to the west wind [Judah ha-Levi] 134
From the book of Tarshish, or "necklace of pearls" [Ibn Ezra] 135
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