The Curse

By J. M. Synge 1871–1909 J. M. Synge

To a sister of an enemy of the author's who disapproved of 'The Playboy'

Lord, confound this surly sister,
Blight her brow with blotch and blister,
Cramp her larynx, lung, and liver,
In her guts a galling give her.
Let her live to earn her dinners
In Mountjoy with seedy sinners:
Lord, this judgment quickly bring,
And I'm your servant, J. M. Synge.

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Poet J. M. Synge 1871–1909

POET’S REGION Ireland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Friends & Enemies, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Theater & Dance

Poetic Terms Couplet

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Synge is the most highly esteemed playwright of the Irish literary renaissance, the movement in which such literary figures as William Butler Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory made their mark at the turn of the twentieth century. Although he died just short of his thirty-eighth birthday and produced a modest number of works, his writings have made an impact on audiences, writers, and Irish culture.

Born near Dublin on April 16, . . .

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SUBJECT Friends & Enemies, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Theater & Dance

POET’S REGION Ireland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Couplet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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