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Moore, Thomas,

1779–1852, Irish poet, b. Dublin. He achieved prominence in his day not only for his poetry but also for his love of Ireland and personal charm. A lawyer, he was for a time registrar of the admiralty court in Bermuda. He is remembered today for Irish Melodies, a group of lyrics published between 1808 and 1834 and set to music by Sir John Stevenson and others; the songs include several of lasting fame, such as "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms," "Oft in the Stilly Night," and "The Harp That Once through Tara's Halls." His amusing satires, Intercepted Letters; or, The Two-Penny Post Bag (1813) and The Fudge Family in Paris (1818), were widely read, and the long poem Lalla Rookh (1817), a lush romance of India and the Middle East, was one of the most popular poems of his day. Byron, who was his friend, left him his memoirs, which Moore later—on the advice of Byron's executor and friends—destroyed. His biography of Byron appeared in 1830 and is among his best prose works.

Bibliography

See biography by H. J. Jordan (2 vol., 1975); study by T. Tessier and J. Hogg (1981).

Moore, Thomas

 

Bom May 28, 1779, in Dublin; died Feb. 25, 1852, in London. English poet of Irish extraction.

The son of a grocer, Moore studied at the University of Dublin. His romantic “oriental” poem Lalla Rookh (1817) and his Irish Melodies (1807–34), which glorify the struggle and sufferings of the Irish people, were highly popular in Russia. The well-known song “Those Evening Bells” (translated by I. Kozlov) is part of the Russian section of Moore’s cycle of verses National Airs (1818–27).

Moore’s satires, particularly his Fables for the Holy Alliance (1823), are directed against the reactionary policy of the English and other European rulers of his time. He also published The Letters and Journals of Lord Byron (1830), The History of Ireland (1835–46), and a biography of R. B. Sheridan (1825).

WORKS

The Poetical Works. London-New York, 1910.
The Letters, vols. 1–2. Oxford, 1964.
In Russian translation:
[Verse.] In Angliiskie poety v biografiiakh i obraztsakh. Compiled by N.
Gerbel’. St. Petersburg, 1875.

REFERENCES

Istoriia angliiskoi literatury, vol. 2, fasc. 1. Moscow, 1953.
Jones, H. M. The Harp That Once—: A Chronicle of the Life of Thomas Moore. New York, 1937.
De Ford, M. A. Thomas Moore. New York [1967]. (Bibliography, pp. 119–23.)
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