The Playwright and Further Final Verses

The Playwright and Further Final Verses

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From "Far Beyond the Borderlands of Scotia"  

The Playwright Eugene O'Neill

The playwright was most effective

As the dramatic illuminator

Of his own tristful destiny

As well as those of his kinfolk.

And of the two plays that treat

Of the tragic Tyrones

One features James,

His wistful pheere Mary,

And his two troubled offspring

A quartette of characters

Based respectively

Upon O'Neill's father James,

His mother Ella,

O'Neill himself,

And his elder brother, Jamie

Who had he not sought 

Such fatal Lethe 

Might have evolved into 

A great actor like his father,

Or a writer like his brother,

Such was the luminous 

Brilliance of his early promise.

How richly blessed he'd been 

At birth with charm and intellect. 

While part of the 

Minim Department 

Of Notre Dame University,

He was a favoured prince 

Destined for a future 

As a Catholic gentleman 

Of exquisite breeding 

And learning; and then 

A prize-winning scholar 

At Fordham, from which 

He came to be ex...

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