Sunday, February 14, 2021

Anniversary …

JM Synge’s powerful vision of Ireland still provokes and inspires. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

As his career had progressed among the fraught cultural conditions of the Irish Revival, Synge increasingly gravitated towards the second option. His literary output began with a bucolic Romanticism, taking a turn of experiments through Decadence and symbolism. But it was the pressures of a modernising Ireland that urged him into what the scholar Mary Burke has recently called a form of “modernist provocation”.

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