Charles Vildrac (November 22, 1882 – June 25, 1971), born "Charles Messager", was a French playwright and poet.

Born in Paris, Vildrac's first poems were written when he was a teenager in the 1890s. In 1901 he published Le Verlibrisme, a defense of traditional verse. In 1912 he published a collection of prose poems.

He was a member of the l'Abbaye de Créteil which he founded with Georges Duhamel. He died in Saint-Tropez.


Charles Vildrac Poems


HOPING for nothing, to walk through the streets,
This is a better fate than men believe,
Because you can behold the passing by... more »

After Midnight

IT is at morning twilight they expire;
Death takes in hand, when midnight sounds,
Millions of bodies in their beds,
And scarcely anybody thinks of it ...... more »

And Yet

NO water has abiding dwelling-place
Within one feeble hollow of the earth,
Which with the sky is face to face.
Let the noon glow, and the wind blow,... more »

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