A Symbol of Hope

The writer of Dear Harp of my Country, Thomas Moore, uses strong emphasis on the harp on order to bring attention to the hope that it symbolizes for himself and for his country, and even delves into the harp’s background connecting to Ireland;

“The warm lay of love and the light note of gladness; Have waken’d thy fondest, thy liveliest thrill”

This quote from the poem embodies the affect that the harp has had in Moore’s home country, focusing on how the harp uplifts those in their darkest times, and how the harp acts as a conductor for happiness with its tune.

-Jody Omlin

6 thoughts on “A Symbol of Hope

  1. Jody,

    Your concise blog post encapsulates the undeniable fact that the harp within Thomas Moore’s poetry represents the hope within Irish nationalists despite recent subjugation and cultural oppression. You touch lightly upon the history of the harp and allow the poetry itself to speak for your point instead of getting bogged down in preamble. You conclude with a metaphor that summarizes and pronounces your point that the harp is a symbol of hope and that it’s message plays out even in dark times.


  2. I enjoyed how short yet specific this blog post was. Although it was short I think it touched base on the point at hand, the use of the harp. I believe if they would’ve used a little more evidence it could’ve still been concise but would’ve added more examples.


  3. The main point of this blog post is that Thomas Moore uses the harp in his poem as a symbol of his love for his country and how it is a symbol for lifting one’s mood. The post could be improved by including more textual evidence and providing a longer, clearer analysis. The blog post could also expand on Ireland’s significance to the poem.


  4. This post examines the similarity between the author and the history his country and how it’s like a harp. It is very simple and says there is no BS, just fact. This post could be a little better if it were a little longer.


  5. The author’s post was concise, detailing the hope that the harp symbolized to the Irish. I loved the conclusion, “the harp acts as a conductor of happiness with its tune.” I would love have loved to read the author elaborating more on the colonialism that disrupted the happiness of the harp.

    – Hongxi Su


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