A Video about Ambiguity
A short animated version of William Empson's classic, Seven Types of Ambiguity
Posted Aug 24, 2013
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:
Also: I’ve launched a home for short videos with Tin House Magazine, called Tin House Reels. We’ll be posting short literary videos every couple of months and welcome submissions. Come check us out by clicking right here.