Thomas Moore Criticism - Essay

Wallace Cable Brown (essay date 1937)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Brown, Wallace Cable. “Thomas Moore and English Interest in the East.” Studies in Philology, XXXIV, no. 4 (October 1937): 576-88.

[In the following essay, Brown offers a detailed examination of Moore's Eastern sources for Lalla Rookh, The Loves of the Angels, and The Epicurean, arguing that although Moore's use of Eastern materials was primarily ornamental, his details and references are based in fact and the result of extensive studies of oriental source materials.]

When Byron advised Thomas Moore to “stick to the East” as “the only poetical policy,” both writers were responding to the interest in that region which, popularized by...

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Miriam Allen DeFord (essay date 1967)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: DeFord, Miriam Allen. “Verse Satire and Polemics.” In Thomas Moore,pp. 55-66. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1967.

[In the following essay, DeFord considers the quality of Moore's satirical poetry and examines the targets of his attacks.]


It is doubtful if Moore ever understood entirely the exact nature of his talent. His enormous popularity justified him in his own mind as an aspirant to the first rank of English poetry: he had heard himself acclaimed often enough as the supreme English poet of his day. He knew in his more objective moments that he had not attained that rank and never could attain it. Still,...

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William St. Clair (essay date 1989)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: St. Clair, William. “The Temptations of a Biographer: Thomas Moore and Byron.” The Byron Journal, 17 (1989): 50-56.

[In the following essay, St. Clair alleges that Moore, while writing his massive two-volume biography of Lord Byron, purposefully altered some of Byron's private correspondence with him in order to enhance his own reputation as a member of Byron's respected circle of associates.]

Thomas Moore's life of Byron is one of the great biographies of the nineteenth century. When news of the poet's death reached England in 1824, there was a flood of books. Publishers commissioned hacks to compile biographies with scissors and paste from old press...

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Jonathan Bate (essay date 1990)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Bate, Jonathan. “Tom Moore and the Making of the ‘Ode to Psyche.’” Review of English Studies: A Quarterly Journal of English Literature and English Language XLI, no. 163 (1990): 325-33.

[In the following essay, Bate contends that Moore's poem “Fragment of a Mythological Hymn to Love,” published in the 1806 collection Epistles, Odes, and Other Poems, served as an important influence on Keats's “Ode to Psyche.”]

In the summer of 1815 John Keats strengthened his friendship with the Mathew girls, Caroline and Anne, and their cousin, George Felton Mathew. We tend to think of Leigh Hunt as the first poet with whom Keats became friends, but in...

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Leith Davis (essay date 1993)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Davis, Leith. “Irish Bards and English Consumers: Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies and the Colonized Nation.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, 24, no. 2 (April 1993): 7-25.

[In the following essay, Davis examines the varied responses The Irish Melodies has elicited among both Irish and English audiences in light of its position as the product of a colonized nation.]

In a letter to John Stevenson, printed in the first volume of the Irish Melodies (1808), Thomas Moore announced his excitement over the “truly National” project which he was undertaking: reclaiming Irish songs which had, “like too many of our...

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Frank Molloy (essay date 1994)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Molloy, Frank. “‘The Sigh of Thy Harp Shall Be Sent O'er the Deep’: The Influence of Thomas Moore in Australia.” In The Irish World Wide History, Heritage, Identity. Vol. 3: The Creative Migrant, edited by Patrick O'Sullivan, pp. 115-32. London: Leicester University Press, 1994.

[In the following essay, Molloy studies the considerable appeal the heroic themes and emotionally-charged language in Moore's Irish Melodies had for many nineteenth-century Irish-Australian poets.]

He crossed under Tommy Moore's roguish finger. They did right to put him up over a urinal: meeting of the waters. Ought to be places for women....

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Mohammed Sharafuddin (essay date 1994)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Sharafuddin, Mohammed. “Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh and the Politics of Irony.” In Islam and Romantic Orientalism: Literary Encounters with the Orient, pp. 134-213. London: I. B. Tauris Publishers, 1994,

[In the following essay, Sharafuddin argues that Moore set Lalla Rookh in the exotic locale of the Orient to conceal the fact that the work is a political allegory, espousing the poet's intense support of political independence for Ireland.]

In writing Lalla Rookh, Thomas Moore intended to make his poem a landmark in the oriental tale genre of his time. The success just achieved by such prominent Romantics as Byron and, before him,...

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