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Is "Riders To The Sea" a poetic drama?

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paveldutta | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 27, 2008 at 1:01 PM via web

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Is "Riders To The Sea" a poetic drama?

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playsthething | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted August 27, 2008 at 1:35 PM (Answer #1)

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Certainly!  It's a drama, albeit, only a one-act, and it is poetic.  Synge is at his most evocative in this work, using language to create a world that that is beautiful and awful at the same time.  The beauty is not necessarily aesthetic beauty, but the starkness of the setting and the dreadfulness of the events carry a poetic beauty through Synge's words and phrases.


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