|“Lady Liberty” by |
at the Agrement roundabout, St. Maartin
"As an allegory of Liberty, Woman symbolizes a passion for freedom inherent to all human beings, while at the same time exposing the limits of liberty as an abstract ideal. What does liberty mean for women in a male-dominated world? ~ Barbera Taylor, Liberty is a Woman (Read the rest of the essay LIBERTY IS A WOMAN! here)
Liberty Enlightening the World
Statue of Liberty
donated to the US by France (1886)🗽
Midweek Motif ~ Lady Liberty
Liberty is often represented allegorically as a woman. Given the place of women in the world, this is ironic. Or is it wishful thinking? In my country, the liberty I have comes as part of white privilege, but even then it is an exception rather than the rule. Or have we "come a long way, baby"?*
(*This quote is from the 1988 advertisement for Virginia Slims cigarettes below.)
Your Challenge: Speak to Lady Liberty, or let Her speak in your new poem. Is Ms. Liberty someone you know?
Riches I hold in light esteem,
And Love I laugh to scorn;
And lust of fame was but a dream,
That vanished with the morn:
And if I pray, the only prayer
That moves my lips for me
Is, “Leave the heart that now I bear,
And give me liberty!”
Yes, as my swift days near their goal:
’Tis all that I implore;
In life and death a chainless soul,
With courage to endure.
|Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix (1829)|
by Emma Lazarus
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 lands, 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!"