Edmund Gosse


Born
in London, England, The United Kingdom
September 21, 1849

Died
May 16, 1928

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Sir Edmund William Gosse CB was an English poet, author and critic, now primarily remembered for his classic memoir, Father and Son (1907), detailing his difficult childhood in a religiously fanatical home.

An important and influential critic in his day, Gosse as a critic, essayist and correspondent is still very much worth reading today.

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“The man who satisfies a ceaseless intellectual curiousity probably squeezes more out of life in the long run than anyone else.”
Edmund Gosse

“Two Points of View

If I forget, —
May joy pledge this weak heart to sorrow!
If I forget, —
May my soul's coloured summer borrow
The hueless tones of storm and rain,
Of ruth and terror, shame and pain, —
If I forget!

Though you forget, —
There is no binding code for beauty;
Though you forget, —
Love was your charm, but not your duty;
And life's worst breeze must never bring
A ruffle to your silken wing, —
Though you forget.

If I forget, —
The salt creek may forget the ocean;
If I forget, —
The heart whence flows my heart's bright motion,
May I sink meanlier than the worst,
Abandoned, outcast, crushed, accurst, —
If I forget!

Though you forget, —
No word of mine shall mar your pleasure;
Though you forget, —
You filled my barren life with treasure,
You may withdraw the gift you gave,
You still are lord, I still am slave, —
Though you forget.”
Sir Edmund William Gosse, The Works of Edmund Gosse

“am inclined to believe it to have been the most salutary, the most practical piece of training which my Father ever gave me. It forced me to observe sharply and clearly, to form visual impressions, to retain them in the brain, and to clothe them in punctilious and accurate language.”
Edmund Gosse, Father and Son: a study of two temperaments

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