Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration: Poetry, Music, and Politics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration

Poetry, Music, and Politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Sarah McCleave, Brian G. Caraher


280 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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"

About the Series

Poetry and Song in the Age of Revolution

The series examines how these two intimately related genres were used to explore and disseminate new political ideas in a period of Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Revolution.

Scholars working within the disciplines of English, history, music, Celtic studies, and politics will find the series of interest, as will researchers whose wider concerns pertain to cultural history, anthropology and the history of philosophy, communication, and linguistics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century