John Millington Synge (1871 – 1909), the early Anglo-Irish dramatist and poet, wrote some wonderful nature poems. He was also known as Edmund John Millington Synge and was an accomplished playwright, poet, prose writer, and collector of folklore. He is widely known as one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre. Synge is best known for his play The Playboy of the Western World, which caused riots during its opening run at that same theatre. Two nature poems penned by J.M. Synge spring to mind here, viz., Prelude (Wicklow) and In Kerry.
Prelude (Wicklow)Now a second poem from J.M. Synge's pen:
Still south I went and west and south again,
Through Wicklow from the morning till the night,
And far from cities, and the sights of men,
Lived with the sunshine, and the moon's delight.
I knew the stars, the flowers, and the birds,
The grey and wintry sides of many glens,
And did but half remember human words,
In converse with the mountains, moors, and fens.
He heard the thrushes by the shore and sea,
And saw the golden star's nativity,
Then round we went the lane by Thomas Flynn,
Across the church where bones lie out and in;
And there I asked beneath a lonely cloud
Of strange delight, with one bird singing loud,
What change you'd wrought in graveyard, rock and sea,
This new wild paradise to wake for me-
Yet knew no more than knew those merry sins
Had built this stack of thigh-bones, jaws and shins.