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  - sologdin - Goodreads

early US formalism. displays the normal new criticism focus on textual 'complexity,' here the 'ambiguities,' but for author these complexities are an index of the writer's mind, which is something ... Read full review

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User 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

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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