Who is J. M. Synge

Edmund John Millington Synge (/sɪŋ/; 16 April 1871 – 24 March 1909) was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, travel writer and collector of folklore. He was a key figure in the Irish Literary Revival and was one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre. He is best known for his play The Playboy of the Western World, which caused riots in Dublin during its opening run at the Abbey Theatre.

Although he came from a privileged Anglo-Irish background, Synge's writings are mainly concerned with the world of the Roman Catholic peasants of rural Ireland and with what he saw as the essential paganism of their world view. Synge developed Hodgkin's disease, a metastatic cancer that was then untreatable. He died several weeks short of his 38th birthday as he was trying to co...
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J. M. Synge Poems

  • The Passing Of The Shee
    After looking at one of A.E.'s pictures

    Adieu, sweet Angus, Maeve and Fand,
    Ye plumed yet skinny Shee,...
  • The Curse
    Lord, confound this surly sister,
    Blight her brow with blotch and blister,
    Cramp her larynx, lung, and liver,
    In her guts a galling give her....
  • Queens
    Seven dog-days we let pass
    Naming Queens in Glenmacnass,
    All the rare and royal names
    Wormy sheepskin yet retains,...
  • Prelude
    Still south I went and west and south again,
    Through Wicklow from the morning till the night,
    And far from cities, and the sights of men,
    Lived with the sunshine, and the moon's delight....
  • On An Anniversary
    After reading the dates in a book of Lyrics.

    With Fifteen-ninety or Sixteen-sixteen
    We end Cervantes, Marot, Nashe or Green:...
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Night 3 Score 3 Delight 2 Moon 2 Golden 2 Lonely 2 Red 2 Female 1 Split 1 Noise 1


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  • Busterbig10inch: more vaughan williams first recordings, from an original hmv pressing - magnificat and a setting of j.m. synge's riders to the sea. with helen watts and other great singers of the time. meredith davies conducts. from 1970.
  • Johnstonglenn: "joyce staked his claim on dublin, always 'the first city in the world,' and it was left to yeats, j. m. synge and beckett...to give us the landscape of the country in all its beauty, savagery, ghostliness and loneliness." - edna o'brien, otd in 2015
  • Usasharenews: review: two plays by j.m. synge light up the irish rep
  • Usasharenews: review: two plays by j.m. synge light up the irish rep
  • Irishlittimes: review: two plays by j.m. synge light up the irish rep
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