Selected Poems

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Library of America, 2005 - Poetry - 151 pages
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Draws on the collections of the nineteenth-century Jewish-American poet from her early works, published in her teens, to her definitive writings in Songs of a Semite, in a volume that offers insight into her outspokenness against anti-Semitism, her commitment to social justice, and her thoughts about other works of literature.
  

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Contents

from Poems and Translations
1
from Admetus and Other Poems
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
Age and Death
72
Influence
73
Restlessness
74
The New Year
75
In Exile
77
In Memoriam Rev J J Lyons
79
The Banner of the Jew
80
The Guardian of the Red Disk
82

Exultation
16
Sonnet
17
The Day of Dead Soldiers
18
from Poems 1889
20
II Regret
21
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
Sonnets
57
The New Colossus
58
Venus of the Louvre
59
Symphonic Studies
61
Long Island Sound
66
From One Augur to Another
67
The Cranes of Ibycus
68
Critic and Poet
69
Life and Art
70
Sympathy
71
The Valley of Baca
84
The New Ezekiel
85
Bar Kochba
86
1492
87
Gifts
89
By the Waters of Babylon
91
Uncollected Poems
98
Spring Joy
101
Scenes in the Wood
103
The Winds
109
Phantasmagoria
114
Under the Sea
116
The Christmas Tree
117
The WillotheWisp
120
The Taming of the Falcon
124
Progress and Poverty
125
To RWE
126
Translations
128
Song
132
NightPiece
133
To the West Wind
134
From the Book of Tarshish or Necklace of Pearls
135
Biographical
139
Note on the Texts
141
Notes
143
Index of Titles and First Lines
148
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About the author (2005)

Emma Lazarus is best remembered for her sonnet "The New Colossus" (1883), which is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Born in New York City, a precocious child of wealthy and cultured parents, she was an avid reader and student. Her first book of rather conventional poetry, Poems and Translations (1866), was published when she was only 17. Her second, Admetus and Other Poems (1871), was dedicated to Ralph Waldo Emerson, who had responded positively to her work. Her many translations---Heinrich Heine and Friedrich von Schiller from German, Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas (pere) from French, and medieval poetry from Hebrew---attest to her scholarship and facility with languages. Some of her best work, included in Songs of a Semite (1882), arose from her commitment to her Jewish heritage and her response to the persecution of Jews in Europe, especially the Russian pogroms of 1882.

John Hollander has edited several Everyman's Library Pocket Poet volumes, including "Robert Frost", "Christmas Poems", "War Poems", "Marriage Poems", "Animal Poems", & "Garden Poems". He is the A. Bartlett Biamatti Professor of English at Yale University, & the author of numerous books of poetry & criticism. He was made a MacArthur Fellow in 1990.

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