press release

The fundamental situation, whether it deserves to be called ambiguous or not, is that a word or a grammatical structure is effective in several ways at once. To take a famous example, there is no pun, double syntax, or dubiety of feeling in, \\'Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang\\', but the comparison holds for many reasons; because ruined monastery choirs are places in which to sing, because they involve sitting in a row, because they are made of wood, are carved into knots and so forth because they used to be surrounded by a sheltering building crystallised out the likeness of a forest, and coloured wtih stained glass and painting like flowers and leaves, because they are now abandoned by all but the great walls coloured like the skies of winter, because the cold and Narcissistic charm suggested by choir-boys suits well with the feeling Shakespeare has for the object of the Sonnets, and for various sociological and historical reasons (the protestant destruction of monasteries; fear of puritanism), which it would be hard now to trace out in their proportions; these reasons, and many more relating the simile to its place in the Sonnett, must all combine to give the line its beauty, and there is a sort of ambiguity in not knowing which of them to hold most clearly in mind.

Seven Types of Ambiguity

Künstler: Michael Bauer, Aurelien Froment, Ryan Gander, Rosalind Nashashibi, Carl Plackman, Pamela Rosenkranz, Matthew Smith