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Frank KermodeI greatly admired John Jaffenden's edition of William Empson's Complete Poems. The powems occupy a little over 100 pages of a book running to 500, the rest being commentary by Empson himself, by Haffenden, and by anybody else with something to contribute. Empson was a great believer in notes, and would have approved of this apparent excess. One ought to agree and applaud the industry and ingenuity of the editor.
—Times Literary Supplement