I submitted Empson's valorization of ambiguity in answer to your question "Is it accurate?"
The truth-value of art is not its point.
> Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:30:30 -0500 > From: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: Prufrock question > To: [log in to unmask] > > Ahhh, W. Empson, I am humbled, deflated, made to retreat into my vastly > inferior self. > > But while doing so, I note that you have again begged the question. > > Ken > > 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! > > > > Diana > > > > > > > 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 > > > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------ > > Hotmail: Trusted email with Microsoft’s powerful SPAM protection. Sign > > up now. <http://clk.atdmt.com/GBL/go/196390706/direct/01/>
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