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Synge, John Millington. (1871 - 1909).

W o r k

- minimises conventional action, achieves the singular effect through the original use of language

- echoes the rhythms of the Western Ireland English moulded by Gaelic syntax and provincial Catholicism

- his mature plays perfect a distinctively Irish comic form

< inspired by the 17th century London comedies

Riders to the Sea (1904):

- a short ‘poetic’ play

- suggests the perennial failure of those working with and on the sea

- subsumes characters and action in a choric flow expressive of fatalism

The Tinker’s Wedding (1903 - 1907)
The Well of the Saints (1905):

- set in the rural east of Ireland two or more centuries ago

- an old blind beggar couple is persuaded by villagers that they are beautiful, the Saint cures thems from their blindness, and the two realize the truth

- conclusion: the beggars make themselves repugnant by their behaviour and leave to south to find more tolerant neighbours

The Playboy of the Western World (1907):

- set on the remote Mayo coastline

- an isolated rural community is disturbed by the arrival of a fugitive, a supposed parricide

- conclusion: the fugitive departs with his thrice ‘resurrected’ father in a triumphant act of myth-making in which he claims to go away ‘like a gallant captain with his heathen slave’


"There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting."

John Millington Synge


(Picture: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    Edmund John Millington Synge. (1871 - 1909). Irish.
  • Work

    Playwright. Author of The Playboy of the Western World (1907).
  • Genre

    Irish Literary Revival. Comedy.


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