Queens whose finger once did stir men,
Queens were eaten of fleas and vermin,
Queens men drew like Monna Lisa,
Or slew with drugs in Rome and Pisa
Born near Dublin on April 16, 1871, John Millington Synge studied at Trinity College Dublin. When he was travelling in Europe, he met W. B. Yeats in Paris in 1896, who advised him to return to the Aran Islands to find the well-springs of his writing. Synge did so and published The Aran Islands in 1906. The subject of this book -- Irish peasant life -- formed those plays that made him the leading dramatist of his time. These included The Shadow of the Glen (1903), Riders to the Sea (1904), The Well of the Saints (1905), The Playboy of the Western World (1907), The Tinker's Wedding (1909), and Deirdre of the Sorrows, incomplete at Synge's death from Hodgkin's disease (1910). All were performed at the Abbey Theatre, the principal actress of which, Maire O'Neill, became engaged to Synge shortly before his death.
Given name: J. M.
Family name: Synge
Birth date: 1871
Death date: 1909