Seven Types of Ambiguity

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New Directions Publishing, 1966 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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Revised twice since it first appeared, it has remained one of the most widely read and quoted works of literary analysis.

Ambiguity, according to Empson, includes "any verbal nuance, however slight, which gives room for alternative reactions to the same piece of language." From this definition, broad enough by his own admission sometimes to see "stretched absurdly far," he launches into a brilliant discussion, under seven classifications of differing complexity and depth, of such works, among others, as Shakespeare's plays and the poetry of Chaucer, Donne, Marvell, Pope, Wordsworth, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and T. S. Eliot.
  

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User Review  - Thaisa Frank - 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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Gowan - Goodreads

I recall that I got this book because it was referred to (and summarized) in Lewis Turco's book "The New Book of Forms." It has been on my shelf for years. I pulled it down and found where I stopped ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER IV
133
CHAPTER V
155
CHAPTER VI
176
CHAPTER VII
192
CHAPTER VIII
234
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Empson educated at Winchester and Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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