Le Coffret De Santal: Préface

written by Charles Cros

Le Coffret De Santal: Préface

— Charles Cros

Au plus grand nombre je déplais.
Car je semble tombé des nues,
Rêvant de terres inconnues
D’où j’exile les gens trop laids.

La tête au vent, je contemplais
Le ciel, les bois, les splendeurs nues.
Quelques rimes, me sont venues,
Public, prends-les ou laisse-les.

Je les multiplie et les sème
Pour que, par hasard, ceux que j’aime
Puissent les trouver sous leurs pas.

Quand ceux-là diront que j’existe,
La foule, qui ne comprend pas,
Paiera. C’est l’espoir de l’artiste.

About the poet


Charles Cros

Charles Cros (October 1, 1842 – August 9, 1888) was a French poet and inventor. He was born in Fabrezan, Aude, France, 35 km to the East of Carcassonne. Cros was a well-regarded poet and humorous writer. He developed various improved methods of photography including an early color photo process. He also invented improvements in telegraph technology. In the early 1870s Cros had published with Mallarmé, Villiers and Verlaine in the short-lived weekly Renaissance littéraire et artistique, edited by Emile Blémont. His poem The Kippered Herring inspired Ernest Coquelin to create what he called monologues, short theatrical pieces whose format was copied by numerous imitators.The piece, translated as The Salt Herring, was translated and illustrated by Edward Gorey.

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