“Let no man write my epitaph”: the contributions of Percy Shelley, Thomas Moore and Robert Southey to the memorialisation of Robert Emmet

  title={“Let no man write my epitaph”: the contributions of Percy Shelley, Thomas Moore and Robert Southey to the memorialisation of Robert Emmet},
  author={Alison Morgan},
  journal={Irish Studies Review},
  pages={285 - 303}
For centuries elegy has been instrumental to Irish culture and its self-expression. This essay considers the elegies both by and about Robert Emmet written by Thomas Moore, Robert Southey and Percy Bysshe Shelley as well those written by anonymous balladeers. Central to this essay is the examination of the topoi of Irish elegiac verse and song shared by these poems and the way in which they contribute to the evolution of this genre and the radical nationalism associated with it. Their shared… 
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