The Ghetto The poem ,,The Gehtto,, by an unknown speaker deals with the tough life in a ghetto with its difficulties. In this poem the speaker describes his experiences of a life in a ghetto without
`The new Colossus´ by Emma Lazarus
The Italian Sonnet
`The new Colossus´ written by Emma Lazarus and released in 1883 deals with the
Statue of Liberty in America and immigration to America in the 19th
century. In the first stanza the Statue of Liberty is compared to the Colossus of Rhodes which is the “brazen giant of Greek fame” (l. 1).
But by the use of the
negation “not” in front of the quotation above it becomes obvious that the poet
is not talking of the ancient Colossus, which depicted/represented the sun god
Helios, and which stood at the entrance of the harbour of Rhodes with spread
legs, letting the ships passing by below. This is described in the first two
From the last two
lines of the stanza up to the end the Statue of Liberty is described and it is
said where it is located, what it stands for and which symbolic meaning it has.
That is what the poem is about and what will be analysed in the following.
To begin with, the
poem is a sonnet because it has two stanzas containing four lines and two stanzas
containing three lines. It becomes evident that the poem is divided into two
parts. The poem is grouped into two sense units, the first two - and the last
two stanzas. Moreover the rhyme scheme backs up this effect because the first
two stanzas build an enclosed rhyme with (the scheme) `a-b-b-a´ and the last
two stanzas built an enclosed rhyme too, but with the scheme `c-d-c´ and
Moreover, an enjambment between line 4 of the first stanza and line 5 of
the second stanza makes, clear once again, that these two stanzas belong
The rhyme scheme
does not create the impression of regularity but is neither monotonous. It is
just the case that the last two stanzas create a new metre of rhyme because in
1883 the people were still conservative and traditional. As a result, these two
stanzas could represent the spirit of the new America which invites outsiders
and poor people as immigr.....[read full text]
Furthermore, in ll.
9 ff it seems as if the Statue of Liberty speaks directly to the reader which
is a metaphor because a statue is not able to speak. But it is said that the
statue “cries […] with silent lips” ,which is also a contrast and should let
the reader imagine that the statue is serious about its words but can’t cry it
out loud because it is a statue.
Moreover, the statue summons the tired, poor
and huddled masses (ll.10-11) to come to America and start a new life. Then
with the enumeration in the sentence: “Give me your tired, your poor, your
huddled masses […]” the poet addresses Europe to let their tired and poor
people immigrate to America. The enumeration stresses/ underlines that America does not address only one group of the European so.....