Poetry of Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

The Dubliner, Thomas Moore, born in 1779 was a poet, composer, musician, and writer.
He is most famous for the 10 volume work "Irish Melodies" published between 1807 and 1834 with Sir John Stevenson, which consists of 130 of his poems set to music, much of it based on old Irish airs. "The Last Rose of Summer" and "The Minstrel Boy" are two of the most well known. Many of these "Melodies" are included in this collection.
He is perhaps most infamous for having burned, at the request of the Byron family, the manuscript of Byron's memoirs which Bryon had left to him for publication after his death.
During his lifetime, his reputation as a poet placed him alongside Byron and Scott and Shelly. His narrative poem Lalla Rookh for example was possibly the most translated poem of the time and earned him £3000, what was till then the highest price paid by an English publisher for a poem. This collection contains a version of the poem but without the linking or "framing" prose sections. A lovely edition of the full poem can be found here https://archive.org/details/lallrookhanorien00mooruoft with illustrations by Sir John Tenniel.
Moore was an Irish Nationalist and turned down the post of "Irish Poet Laureate" as he felt it would require him to tone down his outspoken Irish national politics. Despite this, he counted the Regent - later King George IV as one of his patrons.
Moore died on February 25, 1852 and though much of his work is now neglected, his enduring legacy is that his "Melodies" which were translated into practically every European language popularized Irish Music throughout the world.
- Summary by Noel Badrian

Genre(s): Poetry

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction NoelBadrian
Play 01 Irish Melodies - Part 1 NoelBadrian
Play 02 Irish Melodies - Part 2 NoelBadrian
Play 03 Irish Melodies - Part 3 NoelBadrian
Play 04 Irish Melodies - Part 4 NoelBadrian
Play 05 National Airs NoelBadrian
Play 06 Sacred Songs NoelBadrian
Play 07 Early Poems, Ballads and Songs - Part 1 NoelBadrian
Play 08 Early Poems, Ballads and Songs - Part 2 NoelBadrian
Play 09 Early Poems, Ballads and Songs - Part 3 NoelBadrian
Play 10 Poems Relating to America NoelBadrian
Play 11 Lalla Rookh: The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan NoelBadrian
Play 12 Lalla Rookh: Paradise and the Peri NoelBadrian
Play 13 Lalla Rookh: The Fire-Worshipers NoelBadrian
Play 14 Lalla Rookh: The Light of the Harem NoelBadrian
Play 15 The Loves of the Angels NoelBadrian
Play 16 Satirical And Humorous Poems - Part 1 NoelBadrian
Play 17 Satirical And Humorous Poems - Part 2: The Fudge Family in Paris NoelBadrian
Play 18 Satirical And Humorous Poems - Part 3: Fables for the Holy Alliance NoelBadrian
Play 19 Satirical And Humorous Poems - Part 4 NoelBadrian
Play 20 Satirical And Humorous Poems - Part 5 NoelBadrian
Play 21 Miscellaneous Poems NoelBadrian
Play 22 Odes of Anacreon NoelBadrian
Play 23 Epigram - Around the Tomb, O Bard Divine NoelBadrian