On empson is a small capstone to a distinguished career of commentary on poetry novels and film william h pritchard hudson review michael woods reflections on empson celebrate his unusual genius focusing on the wit and nuanced thinking of both his criticism and poetry. Paul h fry author of william empson prophet against sacrifice on empson is a work of learning reflection grace and wit it will be the go to volume for anyone who wants to get a sense of william empsons career and why it matters. Michael woods reflections on empson celebrate his unusual genius focusing on the wit and nuanced thinking of both his criticism and poetry wood is the best expositor of empsons poetry to date and this book is a fine exhibit of woods own brilliance as a critic. I love a lot of empson particularly the poems and seven types of ambiguity is a favourite work in the hated genre of lit crit and the new buddha book is superb and so on im thankful for the generous wit of some versions of pastoral structure of complex words and miltons god
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