(1779 - 1852)
Thomas Moore, son of a shoemaker, was a
poet, satirist, and musician. His Irish Melodies is known
world-wide and he earned 500 pounds annually for more than
25 years for it's publication. Although noted for his music,
Moore's poetry was equally celebrated. He was paid 3,000
pounds for his poem Lalla Rookh (1817), this amount
can be compared with poets like Byron and Shelley. He attended
Trinity College and there, he found himself in the midst
of the Irish cause. At Trinity, he was also exposed to Edward
Bunting's traditional Irish music. Most of Moore's first
volume was based on Bunting's work. Upon graduation, Moore
moved onto law school and upon the success of his first
novel, Odes of Anacreon, he was able to travel. In
1804, he lived in London where he would remain for the rest
of his days.
Moore was a charming performer that captured the hearts
of his audience. However, he was also heavily involved in
politics, which caused him harmful endeavors. Moore is most
remembered by his Irish Melodies and biography of Byron.
Irish Melodies, a group of lyrics published between
1808 and 1834 and set to music by Sir John Stevenson and
Intercepted Letters, The Two-Penny Post Bag
Lalla Rookh (1817)
The Fudge Family in Paris (1818)
Selected Poetry By Moore -
Houtchens, Carolyn Washburn. The English Romantic Poets
and Essayists. London: New York University Press, 1966.
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