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The Tinker's Wedding

J. M. Synge

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. . .blems, or with the absinthe or ver- mouth of the last musical comedy. The drama, like the symphony, does not teach or prove anything. Analysts with their problems, and teachers with their systems, are soon as old-fashioned as the pharmacopœia of Galen, — look at Ibsen and the Germans — but the best plays of Ben Jonson and Molière can no more go out of fashion than the black- berries on the hedges. Of the things which nourish the imagination humour is one of the most needful, and it is dangerous to limit or destroy it. Baudelaire calls laughter the greatest sign of the Satanic element in man; and where a country loses its humor, as some towns in Ireland are doing, there will be morbidity of mind, as Baude- laire's mind was morbid. In the greater part of Ireland, however, the whole people, from the tinkers to the clergy, have still a life, and view of life, that


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These were three plays about peasant farces in rural Ireland; Synge spent apparently most of his life living in the remotest Irish villages he could find to fully research this language and way of life. The result is a very lively dialogue style that leads into plausible if pretty comical adventures

In 'Deirdre of the Sorrows', Synge has the eponymous Deirdre claim that 'It is not a small thing to be rid of grey hairs and the loosening of the teeth'. Clearly, for Synge, it's a huge asset, and I finished reading his collection of plays almost relieved for his sake that he died young. He has an a

A rather strange play. Perhaps it needs to be read twice or three times!

The words are the lyrics of life.

This is like reading along with the lyrics. You can hear the words in your own mind. Listen to the music.

Of the three plays, I liked Riders to The Sea the best. It would have probably been four stars if it was by itself. I didn't like the other two plays as much.

Oh wonderful wordplay! Read these lively passages and understand why Synge's work is still in print and why he continues to be regarded as a great Irish playwright. He did not live long and he wrote too little, but he left behind these works. Synge was an educated man from a bourgeois home, but he t

J'ai lu l'adaptation française de Françoise Morvan qui a pour moi excellé à restituer la justesse du travail de J.M. Synge, dans les dialogues, mais aussi dans l'usage de l'argot et du gaélique. J'ai particulièrement apprécié les précisions apportées et le souci du détail de la traductrice, qui nous

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