Yeats saw the possibilities in Synge and he was anxious to see Synge Join the Irish literary movement and thenational mainstream. Synge visited the Aran Islands in 1898. The Islands opened up new vistas before him and he was fascinated by the simple and primitive life of the Irish people there. The nature and the sea had a distinct role in shaping this life, while the nebulous Lories wove the web in which it was inextricably mingled. Synge watched this life as it was lived in isolated pagan world and heard many stories like Riders to the Sea told by the Islanders, including the ones about an unfaithful wife and a drowned man washed ashore. All this and his experiences and observations were written down and published in the form of journal.
The islanders were quite congenial and kindly in their relation with one another, but they were too stoical in their attitude to suffering to have any sympathy for the afflicted, though they were generally implied to share the suffering of their fellow beings. While dramatizing their life Synge appeared to have been re-creating the folk- tales and the heroic myth with which the life in the islands was interspersed. And to do this he used a language which was unpretentious and picturesque that fitted in well with the setting and atmosphere in the plays. His handling of the exquisite language spoken by the islanders in the West was very subtle. In simplicity and freshness the language was exotic. For example, Riders to the Sea has an appeal and poetic within certain well-defined limits of folk imagination which is spontaneous and beautiful. But the folk-speech had its limitations, ror its range is rather narrow as it expresses the peasant character and simple feelings of people in their cramped existence. Hence in Synge’s plays we do not find the expressiveness of great dramatic poetry. And it is in this that we find Synge’s appeal rather cramped.