The Harp’s Nature

In the poem, “Dear Harp of my Country” by Thomas Moore, the author details the spirit of the Harp and the major significance of the instrument. Many people view the harp as an angelic instrument that is closely associated to music of the heavens. Keeping this in mind, in the poem the symbolism of Harp reaches above the heights of heaven and into something more spiritual and real. In the second stanza of the play, the author states,

“The warm lay of love and the light note of gladness

Have waken’d thy fondest, thy liveliest thrill

But, so oft has thouh echoed the deep sigh of sadness,

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

In this passage from the poem, Moore sheds light on the various events that have had occurred in his country. It is clear that the harp has resonated with his country due to it’s fickle nature and ability to uplift and crush a person’s spirit. The instrument highlights two specific tones for the country, which is glee and sadness. Hearing the harp in its angelic and gleeful state, I can certainly see how the instrument provides a sense of joy for the author and how he can connect it to the country’s history. The harp symbolizes the dual nature of the country and how the country has endured grave struggles, but maintained its angelic and rich history.

The instrument itself certainly carries a very elegant and solace remedy to it, but after hearing the song in class I could also hear the melancholy and sorrowful tone that it contains as well. This is the country of Ireland.

-Anthony Miller

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