Some poems of Rene Char

Updated: Jul 15

About Rene Char 

During his lifetime René Char (1907–1988) was regarded by critics and public as France’s greatest living poet. Like so many of his colleagues, he was also a warrior in World war II, serving as a member of the French Resistance under the name of Captain Alexandre. He was in charge of seven departements or sectors, from the Drome to the Alpes Maritimes, overseeing a huge stock of weapons and explosives.  

His early work, from the 1920’s to the late 1930’s, was primarily surrealist, in company with such friends and colleagues as Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon, Andre Breton, and Rene Crevel. His work often appeared with artwork by such figures as Kandinsky, Picasso, Braque, Miro, Matisse, and Viera da Silva.