Harp of Ireland

Thomas Moore’s “Dear Harp of My Country” depicts the events of his country and people as well as the pride and hope for Ireland. From the first sentence, it is evident that darkness once existed there, however, as the poem goes on, the harp symbolizes freedom.

“DEAR Harp of my Country! in darkness I found thee,

The cold chain of silence had hung o’er thee long,

When proudly, my own Island Harp, I unbound thee,

And gave all thy chords to light, freedom, and song!”

The first stanza illustrates the oppression and suffering the Irish endured while being controlled by the British. The harp had become “silent” and fallen into darkness due to the British. Because the harp is symbolic in Ireland, I feel that this stanza was demonstrating the pain the Irish went through during that time.

The warm lay of love and the light note of gladness

Have waken’d thy fondest, thy liveliest thrill;

But, so oft hast thou echoed the deep sigh of sadness,

That ev’n in thy mirth it will steal from thee still

These lines represent the peaceful and beauty of Ireland as Moore uses personification of the harp. As the poem goes on, it begins to explain how Ireland overcame the obstacles and persevered.

-Rahma K



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