John Millington Synge
Edmund John Millington Synge 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 cofounders 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 an 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 suffered from Hodgkin's disease, a form of cancer at the time untreatable. He died just weeks short... more »
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John Millington Synge Poems
On a Birthday
Bring Kateen-beug and Maurya Jude To dance in Beg-Innish, And when the lads (they're in Dunquin) Have sold their crabs and fish,
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,
We heard the thrushes by the shore and sea, And saw the golden star's nativity, Then round we went the lane by Thomas Flynn
To The Oaks Of Glencree
MY arms are round you, and I lean Against you, while the lark Sings over us, and golden lights, and green Shadows are on your bark.
Seven dog-days we let pass Naming Queens in Glenmacnass, All the rare and royal names Wormy sheepskin yet retains,
On an Island
Beside a chapel I'd a room looked down, Where all the women from the farms and town, On Holy-days, and Sundays used to pass
One night a score of Erris men, A score I'm told and nine, Said, 'We'll get shut of Danny's noise
On An Anniversary
With Fifteen-ninety or Sixteen-sixteen We end Cervantes, Marot, Nashe or Green:
I've Thirty Months
I've thirty months, and that's my pride, Before my age's a double score, Though many lively men have died At twenty-nine or little more.
The Passing Of The Shee
Adieu, sweet Angus, Maeve and Fand, Ye plumed yet skinny Shee,
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(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
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In a nook
that opened south,
You and I
Lay mouth to mouth.
A snowy gull
And sooty daw
Came and looked
With many a caw;
'Such,' I said,
'Are I and You,
When you've Kissed me
Black and Blue!'