The Harp Was Born Irish

In the poem written by Thomas Moore “Dear Harp of my Country” we see the Irish pride shine through. The poem has a sad tone throughout, but one can try to read between the lines and better analyze its meaning. Within the first stanza of the poem we see “The cold chain of silence had hung/o’er thee long;” and this is most likely talking about how the English had suppressed the Irish culture and people so much so that they no longer had a voice of their own. Within the same stanza though we get the feeling that Moore is releasing the Irish people from those “Chains”. Moore proclaims “And gave all thy chords to light,/ freedom and song!” as if to say that they are now free. The second stanza is lighter but it still carries with it a sense of sadness. It almost feels like a goodbye to who they once were as a people, so the freedom that he mentions isn’t the kind of freedom one would hope for. His hands are “unworthy” could mean that he is no longer worthy because he plays for the English aristocracy instead of the music the harp was made for in Ireland.

Karla Nichols

One thought on “The Harp Was Born Irish

  1. This poem looks at how, even with a more somber tone, the author is very proud and happy about his nation even if it’s not in a good state. This is really good all the way through to the end. It could be improved if it took another paragraph to examine the poem lines that further support the thesis.


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