Ireland’s Everlasting Harp

I chose to write about Thomas Moore’s “Dear Harp of my Country.” While reading reading up about Thomas Moore, I had found out he had been exiled from Britain if I recall correctly and had gone back to Ireland. His exile is what stirred up his passion for Ireland. It makes me wonder if he had not been exiled from Britain would he have still written Irish Melodies. In the poem, Moore is talking directly to the harp of Ireland not the people of Ireland but to the harp. Part of his first line is ““DEAR Harp of my Country!,” While it may seem obvious to point out that he is talking to the “harp of Ireland” I believe it is important because it helps give the poem that rebellious tone. Knowing that he is no longer welcome in Britain helps push the idea that he feels scorned and wants to get rid of all British ties and influence from Ireland, his safe haven. “The cold chain of silence had hung o’er thee long” In this line, Moore is expressing how he feels that Ireland has been suffering in silence for a long time due to the British. Moore is trying to get the message that Ireland’s harp has been quieted due to British. “If the pulse of the patriot, soldier, or lover,  Have throbb’d at our lay, ’tis thy glory alone;…”It is in these two lines, that I believe Moore is calling the end of the British’s oppression on Ireland. Moore believes that Ireland;’s harp has been silenced by the oppressive British, and that the only way to find Ireland’s true spirit and harp would be through expelling the British. The Harp stands for Ireland’s purity and true spirit in the poems. Moore makes the argument, that Ireland’s true spirit can only manifest itself if the Harp is not silenced. Moore holds the harp in high regards, “The warm lay of love and the light note of gladness Have waken’d thy fondest, thy liveliest thrill;” These lines help show how the harp is giving that wonderful feeling and the purity of Ireland. Moore goes on to ta;k about how the harp has also seemed to play sad sounds, which could represent the muffling of Ireland’s harp by the British.

-Andres Quezada


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