‘Too precious to say goodbye’

 

The harp was once recognized as a symbol of Irish pride and later an emblem of resistance. This once beautiful and powerful instrument has now declined in value and tradition by the end of the 18th century. Due to the colonization of the Irish people it became an instrument of hope and resistance to the crown. The Irish tried any way possible to keep the tradition alive, the use of the, “hybrid musical” became a way to remember the instrument. This is created by humming.  The harp produces a soft and delicate sound which I think can be angelic. This is a perfect representation for the Irish people because it is soft yet very powerful.

According to Thomas Moore he feels uneasy to the idea that the role of the harp is dying. He loves his country and does not want a piece of his culture to die. He can sense that its time is coming to an end, “This sweet wreath of song is the last we shall twine”. The meaning of the harp is fading but I think it is the value that people hold in their hearts is what should be important. He has accepts that the harp is no longer as symbolic as it once was and he makes sure to say his goodbyes.

By: Maricruz Solano

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5 thoughts on “‘Too precious to say goodbye’

  1. The main thesis of this comment revolves around the preservation of the harp and what it symbolizes for the resilience/ survival of the Irish Culture. I enjoyed reading this posts’ take on the beauty/ significance of the Harp and how Moore encompasses that into his writings. One thing I might add are more direct quotes taken from Moore’s writings in order to show the complexity of how Moore understands Irish culture through the historical acceptance of the heart.

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  2. I feel like the main thesis of this blog post had been, “The harp produces a soft and delicate sound which I think can be angelic. This is a perfect representation for the Irish people because it is soft yet very powerful.” I feel like you can go more in depth with what you’re trying to say but this is a very good point and representation of how important the harp is to Ireland.
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  3. I think the main thesis of this poem is “ he has accepts that the harp is no longer as symbolic as it once was”. The harp was a symbol of struggle, pride and resistance and it represented their culture. The writer explains that this poem is how he is saying goodbye to his culture, to his harp and the resistance. I think this post can be improved by diving into more to what all he is saying goodbye to.- Karla Nichols

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  4. The writer connects the Irish harp to actual Irish culture. The main idea is that the colonization of the Irish lead to a sort of lost identity and culture and the harp must be preserved so that the culture is not lost forever. The blog post could be made stronger by including specific references to the poem and historical facts.

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  5. This post examine’s the similarities between the harp and Irish oppression.This post is nice and straight to the point, which is appreciable in most of these longer posts. I think this post could be improved with a little more use of poetic passages or maybe a little historical context from an academic source.

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