The Playwright and Further Final Verses

The Playwright and Further Final Verses

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Carl Halling By CarlHalling Completed

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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