Seven Types of Ambiguity
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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Review: Seven Types of AmbiguityUser 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
Review: Seven Types of AmbiguityUser Review - Jim Elkins - Goodreads
This is "reviewed"--used, I take in in Empson's spirit--in my book "Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?" Read full review