The harp itself is a symbol for an ancient, pure, prestigious Ireland. Prior to the oppression that the Irish community faced , the harp symbolized high class honor. In the poem The Harp that Once Through Tara’s Halls by Thomas Moore, is about Irish Nationalism. Moore lets Tara symbolize the seat of Irish government, and the rule of Ireland. The harp, the traditional musical instrument known, as the Irish symbol, symbolizes the Irish people, culture, and spirit. This poem to put it bluntly is also about how things that are famous and important at one point, will eventually lose value or worth. It is the idea that no matter what oblivion or death is inevitable. The poem demonstrates how the harp loses, its high class value. The beginning of this ballad talks about the joy that this instrument brought to the lives of people. “ So glory’s thrill is o’er, And hearts, that once beat high for praise,” This is discussing the joy that the harp had brought to the people. After the devastations of the Irish community, the harps symbol of high status, had the reminder of suffering attached to it. “The harp that once through Tara’s halls The soul of music shed, Now hangs as mute on Tara’s walls, As if that soul were fled” What lines 1 through 4 mean from this poem is that ever since harp was no longer played as much as it used to, the spirit of the Irish community ceased with it. It is sad, knowing that something that these people seeked joy and happiness through had gained a negative symbol with it. The second part of the poem talks about the pain that people got from playing the harp, ever since the Irish were viewed as “barbaric’ people.