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Seven Types Of Ambiguity

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Book Summary of Seven Types Of Ambiguity

Provocations on every page-such a book has a very unusual importance' F. R. Leavis
A landmark in the history of criticism, Seven Types of Ambiguity was published in 1930, when Empson was only twenty-four, and was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. Although critics had previously noted the indeterminate and playful aspect of 'ambiguity' in literary language, the term itself only entered into the critical lexicon after the publication of Empson's landmark study. In his enjoyable readings of ambiguity, puns and paradox, Empson draws on a variety of authors from Chaucer to Eliot, illuminating the strategies of individual writers and creating a brilliant general theory of poetic practice: wide-ranging, witty and still controversial today.

About the Author
William Empson (1906-84) was Professor of English at Sheffield University. His is also the author of Some Versions of Pastoral, The Structure of Complex Words, Milton's God, Using Biography, and several volumes of poetry, including Poems (1935) and The Gathering Storm (1940).

Details of Book: Seven Types Of Ambiguity (BSID:4272)

Book Seven Types Of Ambiguity
Author William Empson
ISBN 0712645578
ISBN-13 9780712645577, 978-0712645577
Binding Paperback
Publisher Random House Uk
Publishing Date 20040506
Number of Pages 288
Language English
Dimensions 9.17 x 6.02 x 0.83 inches
Weight 400 grams

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Steven April 06, 2008 review from Goodreads

Although many of the examples from 15-19th century poetry that Empson analyses seems hopelessly datedâ??it always amazes me that the Romantics were that romanticâ??his close attention to words and their various meanings is a good wake-up call. A reminder to pay closer attention to word choice. I won'...

Thaisa June 08, 2012 review from Goodreads

This is a wonderful book for the writer who is interested in the nuances of langauge and words. Empson wrote this book in 1930 and it has the somewhat antiquated, detailed, self-referential, hesitant, over-explaining style of a British academic (athough Emspon wwas American) who probably started...

Kent August 18, 2009 review from Goodreads

I can't help but comment on this in light of the push against Tony Hoagland's argument about the "skittery poem of the moment." While I can admit my own exhaustion with poems that seem interested in using a limited bag of tricks (and tricks here intended in a pejorative sense), I think there are...

Dan March 18, 2011 review from Goodreads

Empson argues that ambiguity is a central device of poetry, and that it distinguishes poetry from other forms of writing. For him, writers such as William Shakespeare, Alexander Pope and John Donne regularly employed the ambiguities of sense and syntax as a way of giving expression to highly comp...

Kristin January 23, 2011 review from Goodreads

I liked this about as much as one can like a book on analyzing poetry from the 1930s: not too much. I understand that this is an important text in the development of literary analysis, but the misogyny and antiquated attitudes make it hard for me to access the book.


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