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11 avril 2010 7 11 /04 /avril /2010 18:46

We studied an extract from the New Colossus, a sonnet by Emma Lazarus.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

“The New Colossus” is a poem written by Emma Lazarus, the descendent of immigrants. She wrote the poem to help raise funds (1) for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. Emma Lazarus was not invited to the dedication ceremony in 1868, but her poem was finally recognized and attached to the base of the Statue of Liberty in 1903. Her poem has become world famous for focusing (2) on the people coming to America, rather than (3) the abstract concept of freedom.

(1) : get money

(2) : se concentrer

(3) : plutôt que

To help you with learning it, here is an audio file :

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