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I think I'd better give you sufficient context:"Surely the most heart-wretching human-intrerest story in the U.S. press recently was a cover article in Forbes titled "the new refegees". These miserable souls are not fleeting conventional forms of oppression, such as the famine, dictatorship, torture ans murder that have caused millions to seek haven in the U.S. through the generations. These are rich folks who "can't pay the federal tax rate and live in the style they want." Poor babies! To be sure, these are not exactly the classic "huddled masses." Whether they are "wretched refuse," though, is a different question."
A bit long and daunting , right? but my question is simple:what is "the huddled masses"?people who live in slum?
And what is "wretched refuse"?(I suspect that maybe it's a misprint; maybe it should be "wretched refuge"?)
huddled masses and wretched refuse are from a poem, “The New Colossus,” by the nineteenth-century American poet Emma Lazarus. “The New Colossus,” describing the Statue of Liberty, appears on a plaque at the base of the statue. It ends with the statue herself speaking:
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.
All the best.