Seven Types Of William Empson

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20061001Poet and critic William Empson is best known for his pioneering studies of English literature such as seven types of ambiguity, as well as his lyrical and witty poetry that made a big impact on other 20th Century poets.

Empson was born 100 years ago and there is now a revival of interest in his work - with new editions of his best-known books in print.

Writers and commentators such as Christopher Ricks, Clive James, John Haffenden and Adam Phillips discuss Empson's life and work.

They assemble their own 'seven types' of William Empson, with topics ranging from poetry and the east, to beards and aphorisms.

"Poet and critic William Empson is best known for his pioneering studies of English literature such as seven types of ambiguity, as well as his lyrical and witty poetry that made a big impact on other 20th Century poets.

They assemble their own 'seven types' of William Empson, with topics ranging from poetry and the east, to beards and aphorisms."

Empson was born 100 years ago and there is now a revival of interest in his work - with new editions of his best-known books in print. Writers and commentators such as Christopher Ricks, Clive James, John Haffenden and Adam Phillips discuss Empson's life and work. They assemble their own 'seven types' of William Empson, with topics ranging from poetry and the east, to beards and aphorisms."