Definitions

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to William Empson (1906–1984), English literary critic and poet.

Etymologies

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Empson +‎ -ian

Examples

  • Now, some professors are fun to read: Think of the cool Olympian clarity of Northrop Frye, the astonishing encyclopedism of Hugh Kenner, the delicious precisions of Guy Davenport, the Empsonian dash and brilliance of Christopher Ricks.

    Helen Vendler's new commentary on Emily Dickinson, reviewed by Michael Dirda

  • Thus in the latter respect, Empsonian criticism would be somewhat blind to its status as pseudo-historical.

    History against Historicism, Formal Matters, and the Event of the Text: De Man with Benjamin

  • These categories are orderly, well worked out, useful, and convincing, and the particular analyses which accompany them are Empsonian in their clarity and precision.

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  • These categories are orderly, well worked out, useful, and convincing, and the particular analyses which accompany them are Empsonian in their clarity and precision.

    film flam

  • These categories are orderly, well worked out, useful, and convincing, and the particular analyses which accompany them are Empsonian in their clarity and precision.

    film flam

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