By Michael Wood
From one in all modern-day such a lot special critics, a fantastically written exploration of 1 of the 20th century's most crucial literary critics
Are literary critics writers? As Michael wooden says, "Not all critics are writers—perhaps such a lot of them are not—and a few of them are larger once they do not attempt to be." The British critic and poet William Empson (1906–84), essentially the most vital and influential critics of the 20th century, used to be an exception—a critic who used to be not just a author but additionally a superb one. during this short booklet, wooden, himself probably the most talented writers between modern critics, explores Empson as a author, a special poet whose feedback is a superb literary performance—and facts that the act of analyzing should be an unforgettable adventure.
Drawing out the singularity and power of Empson's writing, together with its unfailing wit, wooden lines the connections among Empson's poetry and feedback from his first and best-known severe works, Seven sorts of Ambiguity and Some models of Pastoral, to later books akin to Milton's God and The constitution of complicated Words. wooden indicates why this pioneer of shut analyzing used to be either extra and not more than the inventor of recent Criticism—more simply because he used to be the best English critic considering the fact that Coleridge, and did not belong to any tuition; and no more simply because he had serious modifications with many modern critics, particularly those that disregarded the significance of an author's intentions.
Beautifully written and wealthy with perception, On Empson is a sublime advent to a special author for whom literature was once a nonstop kind of living.
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