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The Poems of Emma Lazarus, Volume 1   By: (1849-1887)

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THE POEMS of EMMA LAZARUS

in Two Volumes

VOL. I.

Narrative, Lyric, and dramatic

TRANSCRIBER'S NOTES:

"Sunrise" is an elegy to James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, who died on September 19, 1881, from a gunshot wound received in an assassination attempt in July of that year.

"The New Colossus" is engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

CONTENTS.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF EMMA LAZARUS.

EPOCHS.

I. Youth. II. Regret. III. Longing. IV. Storm. V. Surprise. VI. Grief. VII. Acceptance. VIII. Loneliness. IX. Sympathy. X. Patience. XI. Hope. XII. Compensation. XIII. Faith. XIV. Work. XV. Victory. XVI. Peace.

HOW LONG! HEROES. ADMETUS. TANNHAUSER. LINKS. MATINS. SAINT ROMUALDO. AFTERNOON.

PHANTASIES.

I. Evening. II. Aspiration. III. Wherefore? IV. Fancies. V. In the Night. VI. Faerie. VII. Confused Dreams.

ON THE PROPOSAL TO ERECT A MONUMENT IN ENGLAND TO LORD BYRON. ARABESQUE. AGAMEMNON'S TOMB. SIC SEMPER LIBERATORIBUS. DON RAFAEL. OFF ROUGH POINT MATER AMABILIS. FOG. THE ELIXIR. SONG. SPRING LONGING. Spring Longing. THE SOUTH. SPRING STAR. A JUNE NIGHT. MAGNETISM AUGUST MOON. SUNRISE. A MASQUE OF VENICE. AUTUMN SADNESS.

SONNETS.

Echoes. Success. The New Colossus. Chopin I., II., III., IV. Symphonic Studies Prelude, I., II., III., IV., V., VI., Epilogue. Long Island Sound. Destiny. 1879. From one Augur to Another. The Cranes of Ibycus. Critic and Poet. St. Michael's Chapel. Life and Art. Sympathy. Youth and Death. Age and Death. City Visions. Influence. Restlessness.

THE SPAGNOLETTO: A Play in Five Acts.

Publisher's note: Thanks are due to the Editors of "The Century," Lippincott's Magazine, and "The Critic," for their courtesy in allowing the poems published by them to be reprinted in these pages.

EMMA LAZARUS. (Written for "The Century Magazine")

Born July 22, 1849; Died November 19, 1887.

One hesitates to lift the veil and throw the light upon a life so hidden and a personality so withdrawn as that of Emma Lazarus; but while her memory is fresh, and the echo of her songs still lingers in these pages, we feel it a duty to call up her presence once more, and to note the traits that made it remarkable and worthy to shine out clearly before the world. Of dramatic episode or climax in her life there is none; outwardly all was placid and serene, like an untroubled stream whose depths alone hold the strong, quick tide. The story of her life is the story of a mind, of a spirit, ever seeking, ever striving, and pressing onward and upward to new truth and light. Her works are the mirror of this progress. In reviewing them, the first point that strikes us is the precocity, or rather the spontaneity, of her poetic gift. She was a born singer; poetry was her natural language, and to write was less effort than to speak, for she was a shy, sensitive child, with strange reserves and reticences, not easily putting herself "en rapport" with those around her. Books were her world from her earliest years; in them she literally lost and found herself. She was eleven years old when the War of Succession broke out, which inspired her first lyric outbursts. Her poems and translations written between the ages of fourteen and seventeen were collected, and constituted her first published volume. Crude and immature as these productions naturally were, and utterly condemned by the writer's later judgment, they are, nevertheless, highly interesting and characteristic, giving, as they do, the keynote of much that afterwards unfolded itself in her life. One cannot fail to be rather painfully impressed by the profound melancholy pervading the book. The opening poem is "In Memoriam," on the death of a school friend and companion; and the two following poems also have death for theme... Continue reading book >>


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