See also:American Jewish poetess, was
See also:born in New
See also:York . When the
See also:Civil War broke out she was soon inspired to lyric expression . Her first
See also:book (1867) included poems and
See also:translations which she wrote between the ages of fourteen and seventeen . As yet her
See also:models were classic and romantic . At the age of twenty-one she published
See also:Admetus and other Poems (1871) . Admetus is inscribed to Emerson, who greatly influenced her, and with whom she maintained a
See also:correspondence for several years . She led a retired
See also:life, and had a modest conception of her own
See also:powers . Much of her next
See also:work appeared in Lippincott's
See also:Magazine, but in 1874 she published a
See also:romance (Abide) based on Goethe's autobiography, and received a generous
See also:letter of admiration from Turgeniev . Two years later she visited Concord and made the acquaintance of the Emerson circle, and while there read the
See also:proof-sheets of her tragedy The Spagnoletto . In 1881 she published her excellent translations of
See also:Heine's poems . Meanwhile events were occurring which appealed to her Jewish sympathies and gave a new turn to her feeling . The
See also:Russian massacres of 1880–1881 were a
See also:call to her .
So far her Judaism had been latent . She belonged to the
See also:oldest Jewish
See also:congregation of New York, but she had not for some years taken a
See also:part in the observances of the synagogue . But from this
See also:time she took up the cause of her
See also:race, and " her
See also:verse rang out as it had never
See also:rung before, a clarion note, calling a
See also:people to heroic
See also:action and unity; to the consciousness and fulfilment of a
See also:grand destiny." Her poems, " The Crowing of the Red
See also:Cock " and " The Banner of the
See also:Jew " (1882) stirred the Jewish consciousness and helped to produce the new
See also:Zionism (q.v.) . She now wrote another drama, the Dance to
See also:Death, the scene of which is laid in
See also:Nordhausen in the 14th century; it is based on the accusation brought against the Jews of poisoning the
See also:wells and thus causing the Black Death . The Dance to Death was included (with some translations of
See also:Hebrew poems) in Songs of a Semite (1882), which she dedicated to
See also:Eliot . In 1885 she visited
See also:Europe . She devoted much of the
See also:remainder of her life to the cause of Jewish nationalism . In 1887 appeared By the
See also:waters of
See also:Babylon, which consists of a series of " prose poems," full of prophetic
See also:fire . She died in New York on the 19th of
See also:November 1887 . A sonnet by Emma
See also:Lazarus is engraved on a memorial tablet on the
See also:colossal Bartholdi statue of Liberty, New York . See article in the Century Magazine, New Series, xiv . 875 (portrait p .
803), afterwards prefixed as a Memoir to the collected edition of The poems of Emma Lazarus (2 vols., 1889) . (I .
LAZARUS (a contracted form of the Heb. name Eleazar...
HENRY LAZARUS (1815–1895)
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