Spring 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 2 Kenyon Review Classics |

Criticism Untrammeled

EDITOR'S NOTE: My Credo: A Symposium of Critics appeared in the Autumn 1950 issue of The Kenyon Review. William Empson's "The Verbal Analysis" was the fourth of four essays in that installment of the symposium.   My Credo: Empson's was one of ten, none of them commandments though all from commanding figures. The roll call, after half a century, remains a roll of honor. The first four, in Autumn 1950, were "Toward an Amateur Criticism," by Leslie A. Fiedler; "The Critic as Man of Feeling," by Herbert Read; "Art, Nature, Politics," by Richard Chase; and the contribution now republished and re-esteemed here, Empson's "The Verbal Analysis." There followed, the next year, "The Formalist Critic," by Cleanth Brooks; "The Humanist Critic," by Douglas Bush; "The Archetypes of Literature," by Northrop Frye; "On the Function of Criticism," by Stephen Spender; "Not in Cold Blood," by Arthur Mizener; and "The Teacher as Critic," by Austin Warren. John Crowe Ransom made clear his

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