Ireland’s Minstrel : A Life of Tom Moore, Poet, Patriot and Byron’s Friend
by Linda Kelly
Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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He will live in his “Irish Melodies”, they will go down to posterity with music; both will last as long as Ireland, or as music and poetry “-Lord Byron.In this exciting new biography of Thomas Moore, Linda Kelly recalls the life and times of a great Irish writer – a romantic poet, political satirist, biographer and, above all, creator of the “Irish Melodies”, these sincere words the traditional Irish vanguard value spread by which one remembers the “Irish Melodies”.Tom Moore, son of a Dublin grocer, was a student at Trinity College, Dublin, at the time of the condemned Irish raise in 1798.The experience intensified his sense of identity as an Irish Catholic, and although his charm and talent earned him an entrance to the higher extremities of English society, he never lost sight of the causes of his own country and through his songs and satires became one of Ireland’s most eloquent and persuasive defenders.Huge success during his lifetime, although still persecuted by poverty, Moore was graded by Walter Scott and Byron; his epic oriental Lalla Rookh was translated more widely than any other poem of the period.But as more modern readers Moore himself had no doubt about the preeminence of Irish melodies, always known and loved on both sides of the Atlantic.Moore’s recent discovery of original magazines provides fascinating new material on Moore’s social and literary life as well as the controversial episode of burning Byron’s memoirs.Linda Kelly draws heavily on these to give a warm and insightful image of one of the most charming figures of age, captures the charm of the Whig Company and casting new light on her relationship with Byron.
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