In 1928, a 22-year-old studying literature at Cambridge, William Emspon, thought his way past the ordinary and wrote a 200-plus page answer to the question, What does ‘ambiguity’ mean? Studying literature for its tricks, he parsed “ambiguity” into seven distinct types. His teachers called him a genius.
Soon after, Empson was kicked out of Cambridge for having condoms in his room. He published his classic, Seven Types of Ambiguity, without graduating. Then he travelled, teaching English, in China. His masterpiece is a bit hard to read, though a real beauty. I’ve condensed it here into a short video.
Watch the video by clicking the picture: