lady liberty

I watched a documentary on the Statue of Liberty (or, as she is really named, “Liberty Enlightening the World”) today. [I know, I know. Nerdy. I admit. I love documentaries, much to Michael’s chagrin.] I was struck by something the narrator said, which was that the Statue of Liberty is very much the anti-Colossus: she does not stand above all, legs streched from land to land, a masculine symbol of conquest. She is inviting, nuturing almost, feminine and strong, illuminating the way. Come, come – forbid them not. The poem written for her is beautiful, and it made me a little bit proud that one of the prominent symbols of our nation, and also the ideal of liberty (in spite of how we may have perverted it), is an image of a woman:

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land,

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient land, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “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-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus


About lindsay

just a girl, creator, reader, learner, homeschooler. wife to one and mother to two others. in the city and loving it. in pursuit of God and community.
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6 Responses to lady liberty

  1. Jane says:

    For the summer school class I taught, I studied (very briefly) the Statue and fell in love with the poem at her feet. Beautiful words, I agree. I think we should go to NYC to see it in person. Are you in? 🙂

  2. lindsay says:

    i’m SO in!

  3. caron says:

    the statue of liberty is beautiful.

    i think you’d like this 8-disc documentry by ric burns called “new york: a documentary film”. it is so interesting and very easy to watch for 15 minutes, go do something else, finshing watching during nap or after the kids go to bed. and the history of NY is fascinating.

    as we speak of such dorky things, i’m watching The Biggest Loser.

  4. Jane says:

    I have seen many parts of the documentary Caron’s talking about (it was part of the summer school class I taught at Boys Town). It was very interesting, causing Scott and I to postpone much homework, cleaning, and paper grading this summer. You know you’re getting old (or at least older than a teenager) when you like to watch documentaries.

  5. contactcards says:

    Jane and Lindsay, I was just thinking the same thing, I’d love to see it in person, and never have! Let’s go!

  6. Alicia says:

    Dido on the nerdy documentary love… I heart documentaries. I will have to add this to my growing list. I need to get the flu or something to justify the days of TV watching that I am longing for… new episodes of TV I’ve missed… documentaries people keep telling me about. Oh to be old and never have time to kill in front of the tube (sigh).

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