Harp Of My Country

The Harp of India by Henry Derozio illustrates the cultural deprivation of the harp because of European colonization. The Irish harp represented the epitome of Gaelic aristocratic culture. However, the tradition was lost after the colonization of Ireland. In The Harp of India, Derozio uses the harp to represent similar absence of culture in India because of British colonialism.

“Why hang’st thou lonely on yon withered bough?” (1)

The first line demonstrates the deprivation of the harp tradition. The imagery of the “withered bough” emphasizes the absence of the tradition. Moreover, The narrator personifies the harp through referencing it with a question.

“Why doth the breeze sigh over thee in vain?

Silence hath bound thee with her fatal chain;” (4-5)

In the fourth line, the narrator personifies the breeze, as it “sighs” because of the silence of the harp, representing the Indian audience. In the fifth line, the narrator personifies silence with “her fatal chains,” representing the British colonialism in India.

“Neglected, mute, and desolate art thou,

Like ruined monument on desert plain:” (6-7)

The simile of the harp to a “ruined monument on desert plain,” illustrates the severity of the loss of the harp tradition, representing the loss of Indian culture from British colonialism.

“Those hands are cold — but if thy notes divine

May be by mortal wakened once again,

Harp of my country, let me strike the strain! (12-14)

The narrator illustrates the possibility of the resurrection of the harp, “wakened once again,” and concludes with the narrators aspiration to “strike the strain,” and does through the creation of the poem. The narrator uses the poem to resurrect the “harp of my country.”

-Hongxi Su

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10 thoughts on “Harp Of My Country

  1. The thesis of this post is that the Harp in “The Harp of India” represents Gaelic culture and society, which is in turn trampled over by the colonists of Europe . This is a great piece with good ideas, and includes a good deal of in-text support of the main idea. Interesting perspective, great job, Hongxi.

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  2. The main thesis was how the poem “The Harp of India” shows the cultural deprivation through the harp because of European colonization. Yet, it can be improved by demonstrating the aspects of cultural deprivation that would resemble the harp’s colonization. Also, it could be improved by depicting the resemblance of the Irish colonization vs. India Colonization to help elaborate the harp’s endangerment.
    -Priscilla Ortega

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  3. The main thesis here is that the poet was comparing the Irish Harp’s symbolic image to the Indian equivalent. I am curious to know if this was ethically okay for the author to do. Both countries suffered a great deal, but was it proper to compare them like that, or to use the symbol of suffering of another country?

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  4. The thesis behind this piece was the comparison of the Irish Harps’ symbolic image to the Indian equivalent. I wonder if this was morally acceptable since both areas went through a lot of suffrage during this time.

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  5. I believe that the thesis of this blog post is the in which you speak of the culture that is stripped away from India due to British Imperialism. In your blog post, you mention time and time again how the poem demonstrates the loss of culture due to the acts of the British which reflect on the topic of Ireland and their harp. I really like your post, especially the emphasis of direct stanzas and close analysis, perhaps try to go more in depth next time about the culture that was stripped away.
    -Katherine Hernandez

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  6. The focus of your post is to analyze the multiple ways the English have removed and deprived the Irish of the harp along with the affects it has had on them. Using contextual evidence you have been able to compare the feelings the author conveys in his words with the historical relevant effects. In addition to the points you have made you could also consider writing about how Ireland and India differ in regards to the purpose British has decided to colonize their territory.

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  7. The focus of your post is to analyze the multiple ways the English have removed and deprived the Irish of the harp along with the affects it has had on them. Using contextual evidence you have been able to compare the feelings the author conveys in his words with the historical relevant effects. In addition to the points you have made you could also consider writing about how Ireland and India differ in regards to the purpose British has decided to colonize their territory.
    -ashley Jackson

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  8. The main idea in this post is that the harp in “The Harp of India” is used to represent repression. Originally a sign of Gaelic pride, it was silenced by the British, just as the nation of India is being silenced by the British as well. The most interesting idea presented is that the poem was written to “resurrect the ‘harp of my country.'” I had originally thought that the object of the poem was to raise awareness of the losses Indian culture has experienced just like the Irish, but the idea that the poem is a battle cry for resurrection is an enticing one that I wish the author had explored more in the post.

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  9. You use in text quotes to effectively argue that the Harp, symbolizing the Irish and Indian people, is put under strain and the author seeks to resurrect it through this strain.
    To improve the post you can talk about in which ways the strain can resurrect the harp.

    Daniel R.

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  10. The main focus of this post was to show how the harp symbolizes more than just the British. The harp also symbolizes the Indian people. The post also shows how the hard symbolizes oppression. I think more evidence would have been useful.

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