As we’ve looked at the history of the harp, it has been an influence not only musically but has also made an impact in the political world. As stated in its history “The harp was employed as a symbol of English rule in Ireland”, which makes me perceive it as an intruder. The harp ultimately was forced on the Irish by those who weren’t Irish. It is represented as a western intrusion.
There is the same concept illustrated in The Harp Of India, now it can be easy to dismiss this as having no relation to the Irish community, yet it still resonates with it. In just the title, India is the location the poem is directed towards. India is by far very cultured centered, the foods, the spices, the oils, and so forth is under attack from a foreign nation.
“Neglected, mute, and desolate art thou,
Like ruined monument on desert plain:”
India is described as being treated from a “neglected”, “mute”, and “desolate” harp. The harp no longer has its sweet melodies but rather has its “mute” sound, a sound that no longer moves those who hear it. The harp is the corruption brought into the nation, where those who are near its sound will be corrupted by it.
The harp is political. It is the westernization of a nation. Just as the British did to the Irish Nation.