Seven Types Of Amibiguity

by William Empson

WW Norton | January 6, 1981 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.72 in

Published: January 6, 1981

Publisher: WW Norton

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 081120037X

ISBN - 13: 9780811200370

Found in: History and Criticism, Poetry History and Criticism

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Seven Types Of Amibiguity

by William Empson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.72 in

Published: January 6, 1981

Publisher: WW Norton

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 081120037X

ISBN - 13: 9780811200370

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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.