Seven Types Of Amibiguity

Paperback | January 6, 1981

byWilliam Empson

not yet rated|write a review
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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.99 online
$18.00 list price
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From the Publisher

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 sometim...

William Empson was a 20th century English literary critic and writer.

other books by William Empson

see all books by William Empson
Format:PaperbackDimensions:1 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.72 inPublished:January 6, 1981Publisher:WW Norton

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081120037X

ISBN - 13:9780811200370

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

...a brilliant poet-critic, equally gifted in both departments. — New York Times Book Review