Definition of J M Synge from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


J M Synge

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John Millington Synge (1871-1909) an Irish writer of plays. W B Yeats persuaded him to write about the life of Irish peasants (= poor farmers). His plays use the language of ordinary country people in a dramatic way. His best-known work, The Playboy of the Western World (1907), is the story of a man who arrives in a small community and pretends that he has killed his father. Many Irish people were angry at the idea that Irish peasants would welcome a murderer and treat him with respect. There were protests when the play was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, but it is now considered one of the greatest plays in Irish literature.