Thomas Moore was more individual as a poet than any of the Young Ireland group yet, whilst he undoubtedly possessed the Irish characteristics of wit and fancy, sentiment and satire, he had nothing of the spirit of the Irish countryside in his composition. Irish was not spoken by his parents or neighbours in Dublin, and when years afterwards he was seeking materials for his History of Ireland in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, he was amazed to find what a great body of Gaelic literature in prose and verse, utterly new to him, lay collected there before his eyes. The classics inspired the anacreontics of Thomas Little his poetical tales, coloured though they were by his Celtic imagination as well as by his West Indian recollections, were entirely derived from Eastern, never from Irish sources. The only purely Irish in?uence upon his work was that of Irish music, and that in?uence has made his Irish melodies, in part at any rate, imperish able.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Alfred Perceval Graves
Published Date - September 02 2019
ISBN - 9780266840138
Dimensions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
Page Count - 393
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