Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Careful differentiation ...

... `Difficult, Up to a Point". (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I have no problem with difficulty if it derives from the nature of the subject and not just the manner - or mannerism - of the writer. Obscurity is something else. A text may be richly ambiguous, suggestive of many, even conflicting, meanings, but that's not obscurity, which I see as simply a lack of clarity (for one may be clearly ambiguous).

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