AND HIS RELATION TO THE ABBEY THEATRE SCHOOL
A PRELIMINARY retrospect of the literary and sociological evolution of the Irish theatre has been thought indispensable for a full and proper understanding of Synge's own dramatic standpoint.
The history of Irish stage literature remains hitherto unwritten; yet one feels tempted to sketch it. Ancient Ireland, strange to say, never knew drama proper.1 Yet the dramatic substance is abundantly, though implicitly, present in all her literature. On the one hand, the nearest approach to drama in ancient Ireland consists of dialogues in Gaelic2 -- the most____________________