POLITICS AND PERSIAN MYTHOLOGY IN THOMAS MOORE’S PARADISE AND THE PERI – TAASA Review March 2012
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Shelley Meagher O n its publication in 1817, the Irish songwriter Thomas Moore’s long poem, the oriental romance' Lalla Rookh, made a hit.
Within a year it had gone into seven editions: Moore's publisher, John Murray, later referred to it asthe cream of copyrights’.
But, as an examination of Paradise and the Peri, the second of the poem’s tales reveals, its popular success tends to obscure its polemical nature, which draws on an unconventional view of Islam and its Persian sources. ...