Seven Types of Ambiguity Hardcover – 1 Dec 1949
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...a brilliant poet-critic, equally gifted in both departments. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Hailed as a masterpiece on its publication in 1930, this landmark in the history of criticism draws on authors from Chaucer to Eliot, illuminating the strategies of individual writers and creating a brilliant theory of poetic practice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Empson looks at a wide swath of writers like Shakespeare, Pope, and Donne to examine how each uses carefully crafted ambiguities not unwittingly to mislead a reader but purposefully to guide that reader into a thematic fork in the road, one which points to an unwanted destination even as the other leads to the Holy Grail of poetics: the organic unity that all New Critics insist is the one and only correct interpretation. The seven linguistic potential detours is a possible Road Less Traveled By and in Seven Types of Ambiguity, William Empson invites the reader to decide for himself which fork to take.