the Harp as a symbol of Irish Nationalism

Ireland was consumed by the Britain’s imperialistic conquests of the 17th and 18th century. Since it was maliciously added Irland has been constant resistance to British rule. This opposition and rejection of british involvement in Ireland is seen in Irish Literature. One of the biggest symbols of this opposition was the symbolic meaning of the Harp. The poem Dear Harp of My Country By Thomas Moore is a great example of the Harp used as a symbol of Irish disdain for British Rule. Moore’s use of this symbol is portrayed when he says “DEAR Harp of my Country! in darkness I found thee” Moore uses the Harp to represent Irish Nationalism in a time when Britain seemed to silence and suppress Irish cultural. The uses of the term “darkness” further illustrate how Ireland sees British rule as negative to Irish nationalism. Even in the modern day this opposition to british control is still seen. Because of this literature, it caused the birth of the IRA in the 20th century. This Irish republican paramilitary organization sought to remove Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom and to bring about an independent republic encompassing all of Ireland. Ireland still remains today hostile to British rule, and most like will remain until it becomes a sovereign nation.

  • Conor Morgan

One thought on “the Harp as a symbol of Irish Nationalism

  1. I think the most original part of this post was its use of darkness relating to oppression, I did not see that in the other posts. I think as an improvement I would like to see more textual evidence. There is plenty of historical evidence and other sources but not much unpacking of them though.


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