Remy de Gourmont: The Natural Philosophy of Love (1904)
February 24, 2015 § 1 Comment
French essayist, novelist, poet, playwright and philosopher, a prominent figure of the French Symbolist movement. Gourmont’s some 50 published volumes are mainly collections of essays. During his lifetime Gourmount enjoyed considerable fame both in France and in English-speaking countries. His views on literature affected such writers as Ezra Pound, John Middleton Murray, and T.S. Eliot, who praised him as “the perfect critic.” In 1921 Aldous Huxley published Gourmont’s A Virgin Heart, his translation of Un cœur virginal (1907).
In The Natural Philosophy of Love (1904) Gourmont claimed that “love” is no more than a primitive instinct. “There is no abyss between man and animal; the two domains are separated by a tiny rivulet which a baby could step over. We are animals, we live on animals, and animals live on us. We both have and are parasites. We are predatory, and we are the living prey of the predatory. And when we follow the love act, it is truly, in the idiom of theologians, more bestiarum. Love is profoundly animal; therein is its beauty.”
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