SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
. . . What year will they write For my poor passage to the stall of night? Poems : On An Anniversary ( ii. 216).
SYNGE'S verse is only a by-product. Its autobiographical value has been considered elsewhere -- in connection with his early years and the formation of his æsthetic views. Indeed, the greatest merit of these poems is that they are principally a self-revelation of Synge. "They are the man speaking," says Mr. John Masefield.1 As poetry proper they may be dismissed briefly: Synge seems to have sought a little too consciously after that "brutality" of which he speaks in his introduction, and to have forgotten in verse that melody of language of which his prose is so full.
Nature is the main source from which he draws his inspiration. It is to be remembered that Synge began to write verse in a decidedly Wordsworthian strain. In his early piece, Prelude -- the very title of which is reminiscent of Wordsworth -- the kinship with wild Nature____________________