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Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration Poetry, Music, and Politics

Edited By Sarah McCleave, Brian G. Caraher Copyright 2018
    290 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Written by internationally established scholars of Thomas Moore’s music, poetry, and prose writing, Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration is a collection of twelve essays and a timely response to significant new biographical, historiographical and editorial work on Moore. This collection reflects the rich variety of cutting-edge work being done on this significant and prolific figure. Sarah McCleave and Brian Caraher have contributed an introduction that positions Moore in his own time (1800-1850), addresses subsequent neglect in the twentieth century, and contextualises the contemporary re-evaluation of Thomas Moore as a figure of considerable interdisciplinary artistic and cultural significance. The contributions to this collection establish Moore’s importance in the fields of Neoclassical and Romantic lyricism, musical performance, song-writing, postcolonial criticism, Orientalism and biographical writing— as well as defining the significance of his voice as an engaged social and political commentator of a strongly cosmopolitan and pluralistic inclination.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    Brian G. Caraher & Sarah McCleave, "Moore and Romantic Inspiration Reassessed"

    I. Moore’s Literary and Musical Inspirations

    1. Harry White, "The Imagined Unities of Thomas Moore"

    2. Jane Moore, "Amongst Women: Thomas Moore and Classical Inspiration"

    3. Edward Larrissy, "Moore’s Romantic Neoclassicism"

    4. Una Hunt, "Moore, Stevenson, Bishop and the Powers:

    A Series of Complex Relationships"


    II. Moore’s Melodies, Airs and Songs in Performative Contexts

    5. Joanne Burns, "’Give them life by singing them about’:

    Moore’s Musical Performances in the English Drawing-room"

    6. Sheila Rooney, "Problematizing Primitivism:

    Contesting Antiquarianism in Moore’s Irish Melodies"

    7. Axel Klein, "’All her lovely companions are faded and gone’:

    How "The Last Rose of Summer" Became Europe’s Favourite Irish Melody"

    8. Mary-Louise O’Donnell, "’Those half creatures of Plato’: The Musical Inspiration behind Moore’s National Airs and Sacred Songs"


    III. Moore’s Political Inspirations and Moore’s Poetry in Political Contexts

    9. Jeffrey Vail, "Anacreon Moore and the Prince of Pleasure:

    George IV as Satiric Inspiration"

    10. Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, "Moore’s Oriental Artifice: Mughal History,

    Irish Antiquarianism and Romance in Lalla Rookh"

    11. Jennifer Martin, "The ‘dull lapse of hopeless slavery’: European & Irish Politics

    in Moore’s Fables for the Holy Alliance, Rhymes on the Road, &c. &c. (1823)"

    12. Robert W. Jones, "’Grief mingled with deep execrations’:

    Thomas Moore and the Death of Richard Brinsley Sheridan"


    Dr. Sarah McCleave is a senior lecturer in the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University Belfast.

    Brian Caraher is Chair of English Literature (since 1993) and Head of Graduate Teaching and Research in the School of English (since 1996) at Queen’s University Belfast