American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Synge, John Millington 1871-1909. Irish playwright whose works, based on rural Irish life, include The Playboy of the Western World (1907).
- n. Irish poet and playwright whose plays are based on rural Irish life (1871-1909)
“Though certainly not by design, the series started off with a cancellation due to a performer's visa problems, followed by undercooked Synge from the Druid Theater Company, overcooked effects from Robert LePage, and a dance piece masquerading as a theater piece.”
“As a guide in such work, the method of Martin and Synge is of the greatest value.”
“Although it is merely incidental to the drama, yet to me the most poignant thing in Synge's beautiful play Deirdré is that she could feel inevitable tragedy when the first thought of something apart from herself crosses her lover's mind.”
“I hear Synge is at Coole, and as an astronomer of human nature, calculating the probable effect of one heavenly body on another which is invisible, I suppose W.B. Y. is at drama again and that the summer of verse is given over.”
“He also goes to tinkers for his types; and whereas Synge is content with three, and one priest, Yeats's Where there is Nothing 1 glorifies a bevy of unbelieving tinkers and presents in contrast a dozen vulgar-spoken monks, who utter snatches of Latin in peasant brogue, while dancing frantically around the altar of God! [Page 308]”
“More rationalist philosophers such as Synge, Lee and Leibniz gave an affirmative answer.”
“The preparation had begun after the first performance of 'The Shadow of the Glen,' Synge's first play, with an assertion made in ignorance but repeated in dishonesty, that he had taken his fable and his characters, not from his own mind nor that profound knowledge of cot and curragh he was admitted to possess, but”
“’ The front-page article called Synge ‘a potentially great dramatist’.”
“I think the riots just showed how close to the bone Synge was.”
“Your father and two older sisters have performed in productions of this Synge play.”
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