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Quotes by John Millington Synge

'A translation is no translation unless it will give you the music of a poem along with the words of it.'

When I was sitting writing 'The Shadow of the Glen' I got more aid than any learning would have given me from a chink in the floor of  the old Wicklow house where I was staying, that let me hear what was being said by the servant girls in the kitchen.

(Preface to The Playboy of the Western World)

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