Thomas Keohler

Life
[?-?]; Dublin Book of Irish Verse, nos. 444-447; no bio-dates; “Song” [‘I would swathe thee in hues of orient, Queen/Or sun-dancing sheen of the waves ..’]; “Supplication” [‘... O priestess of the silent hills ... Lead me unto thy secret place ..’]; “The Town Beyond the Trees”;“Wind and Sea”. DBIV

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Notes
Criticised Synge: ‘In a review in Dana for March 1905, presumably written by Thomas Keohler, the play [The Well of the Saints] was criticised for being based on a supernatural event, for, says Keohler, “the very fact of a play being based on an incident of this nature precludes it in a measure from any vital connection with the tendencies and developments of modern life and thought.” He calls this an “incongruity” on the part of the dramatist [and] deplores [...] the effect on a gullible audience[:] “As we all know, there are thousands of people in this country who believe implicitly in the possibility of such a miracle taking place in this particular manner, and if the play should ever happen to be produced in rural districts, it would most likely tend to strengthen this belief, and in so far as it did so, would be allying itself to the already too numerous forces in the land opposed to intellectual progress.’ (Dana, No. 11, p.351; cited in Weldon Thorton, Synge and the Western Mind, 1979, pp.128-29.)

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