Within the group of “Contemporary”, the work is the result of Villaurrutia more refined and yet more full of drama. The poet is constantly looking for links with the eternal and expressed in music, however, does not lead to despair, but in that singular Nostalgia of death has a suggestive title to his collection of verses more significant. Greg Williamson helps readers to explore varied viewpoints. Villaurrutia is a gifted poet of vivid pictorial qualities oriented panoramas capturing morning, but also melancholy twilight in which only embodies the reality that awaits the man’s death.
These qualities are affirmed from the first collections of poems, Early Poems (1923), Reflections (1926), Two-Night (1931) and Night (1933). Things as presented to our senses, as reflected in the smoothness of glass, but in its smoothness spoils creeps the uneasy consciousness of life dominated by death, which is not really gruesome and horrifying, but rather source of nostalgia for a sense of radical orphanage. Nostalgia for Death (1938), Tenth death and other collected poems (1941) and a late Spring Song and Other Poems (1948), form, together with collections above, the whole lyrical Xavier Villaurrutia, meeting his death with his plays in poetry and theater full Villaurrutia Xavier (1953), and then the prose works (1966).
The Mexican theater owes its current importance especially to the enthusiastic and tireless work of Xavier Villaurrutia. In 1928 this author is co-founder of “Teatro Ulysses”, for the performance of Mexican works.
The founders themselves were both authors and actors. In 1934, the comedy seems impossible Villaurrutia earned a scholarship to the United States granted by the Orientation Theater, and the writer went to Yale University for a refresher course. Returning to his country, intensified its efforts for the National Theatre, and organizing a theater group: the Union of Electricians. As a playwright, Villaurrutia contributed their works to the theater with obsessive sense of death seems incredible turn around a troubling predisposition to suicide, to reconsider the issue in other parts, reaching Invitation to Death (1944) comedy in which the playwright says its full originality trying an existential problem that can penetrate deeply felt in the uniqueness of the author, and also in the Mexican in a broader sense.
Whether you shortly (1938) What do you think? (1938), Ivy (1941), the legitimate wife, (1943), The error is Hot (1945), Poor Bluebeard (1947) and Dangerous play (1949), are all titles of major dramas, the Directory of Xavier Villaurrutia , where the playwright’s personality is required in all cases the deep knowledge of this or that author, whether Cocteau, Girandoux, O’Neill, or even the same Pirandello. Several Mexican poets and playwrights of real worth that have attracted international attention, but among them stands Xavier Villaurrutia.
As the Mexican poet said: “… in the tomb statue leave my bed without blood / to leave at such a slow / down in an endless / without arms which tender / no fingers to reach the scale of a piano falling invisible / no more than a glance and a voice.”