Seven Types Of Ambiguity
Book Summary of Seven Types Of Ambiguity
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|
|Publisher||Random House Uk|
|Number of Pages||288|
|Dimensions||9.17 x 6.02 x 0.83 inches|
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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'...
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...
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...
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...
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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