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Analysis and comments on The Jewish Cemetery at Newport by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 28th, 2009 at 5:26 PM.

Bob Cly in one inspired stanza rewrote the ending of Longfellow's poem that
could serve as a tikkun (correction, repair) to Longfellow's statement that
"dead nations never rise again." Emma Lazarus (1849-1887, "The New
Colosssus") was also disturbed by Longfellow's pessimistic outlook on
Jewish nationhood and penned the poem "In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport,"
published 1871, as a response to Longfellow. Lazarus became a spokeswoman
for ideas that could be termed Zionistic around fifteen years before Herzl
wrote "The Jewish State" in 1896. In 1882 Lazarus dedicated a play to
George Eliot ("Daniel Deronda"), who had inspired Lazarus to propound her
ideal of a new Jewish nation.

Fred Davidow from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on September 24th, 2005 at 6:02 AM.

But ah! what once has been shall be again!
A groaning faith, in travail and in pain
Brings forth a nation, God's promise to restore,
And the new nation has risen again.

Bob Cly from United States

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: The Jewish Cemetery at Newport
Volume: Birds Of Passage
Added: Jun 9 2005
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