Think of all the vastness you have aquired just by the juxtaposition
with the Impson. ;->
Poor old begged question. It's obviously a buggar.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: Prufrock question
Ahhh, W. Empson, I am humbled, deflated, made to retreat into my vastly
But while doing so, I note that you have again begged the question.
Diana Manister wrote:
> Dear Ken,
> Since when does ambiguity in poetry signal an "anything goes" attitude?
> Empson didn't think so when he wrote /Seven Types of Ambiguity/ in
> 1930, to wit:
> The Seven Types
> 1. The first type of ambiguity is the metaphor, that is, when two
> things are said to be alike which have different properties.
> This concept is similar to that of metaphysical conceit.
> 2. Two or more meanings are resolved into one. Empson characterizes
> this as using two different metaphors at once.
> 3. Two ideas that are connected through context can be given in one
> word simultaneously.
> 4. Two or more meanings that do not agree but combine to make clear
> a complicated state of mind in the author.
> 5. When the author discovers his idea in the act of writing. Empson
> describes a simile that lies halfway between two statements made
> by the author.
> 6. When a statement says nothing and the readers are forced to
> invent a statement of their own, most likely in conflict with
> that of the author.
> 7. Two words that within context are opposites that expose a
> fundamental division in the author's mind. (wikipedia)
> Hardly a new idea!
> > Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 08:33:54 -0500
> > From: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Prufrock question
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Diana Manister wrote:
> > > It makes sense to me that "we" here is both intra- and
> > > inter-, within emotional conflict and interpersonal.
> > >
> > > Settling on any single meaning is reductive.
> > That begs the question: Is it accurate?
> > > Every poem does not mean every thing.
> > Ken A
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