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William Empson

(1906-1984 / England)

William Empson
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  • ''What could not possible be there,
    And learn a style from a despair.''
    William Empson (1906-1984), British critic, poet. This Last Pain (l. 35-36). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Ke...
  • ''her in her cooling planet
    Revere; do not presume to think her wasted.''
    William Empson (1906-1984), British critic, poet. To an Old Lady (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed...
  • ''Gods cool in turn, by the sun long outlasted.''
    William Empson (1906-1984), British critic, poet. To an Old Lady (l. 4). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. ...
  • Attending there let us absorb the cultures of nations
    And dissolve into our judgement all their codes.
    Then, being clogged, with a natural hesitation
    (People are continually askin...
    William Empson (1906-1984), British poet, critic. Homage to the British Museum (l. 8-12). . . Faber Book of Modern Verse, The. Michael Roberts, ed...
  • Hours before dawn we were woken by the quake.
    My house was on a cliff. The thing could take
    Bookloads off shelves, break bottles in a row.
    Then the long pause and then the bigger ...
    William Empson (1906-1984), British poet, critic. Hours before dawn we were woken by the quake (l. 1-5). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Engl...
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