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William Empson
Born (1906-09-27)27 September 1906
Yokefleet Hall, Yorkshire
Died 15 April 1984(1984-04-15) (aged 77)
Nationality British
Occupation Literary critic and poet
Notable work Seven Types of Ambiguity (1930)
Style New Criticism

Law makes long spokes of the short stakes of men.
It seems unpleasantly refined to put things off till someone knows.
Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills. It is not the effort nor the failure tires. The waste remains, the waste remains and kills.
William Empson
Waiting for the end, boys, waiting for the end.
The heart of standing is you cannot fly.
You don't want madhouse and the whole thing there.
My heart pumps yet the poison draught of you.