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Epigrams


  • Short, witty statements.

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    • found: Cuddon, J.A. A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory, 1998(epigram. As a rule a short, witty statement in verse or prose which may be complimentary, satiric or aphoristic)
    • found: Drury, J. The poetry dictionary, c2006(Epigram: A short, pithy comic or satirical poem. In English, an epigram is usually in rhyme and meter, but in the Greek Anthology some of the earliest epigrams are unrhymed and not necessarily comic. Even prose can be described as epigrammatic, as in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. An epigram will often contain, or embody, an aphorism: a memorable remark that encapsulates an insight into some aspect of human nature or the world at large.)
    • found: Ruse, C. The Cassell dictionary of literary and language terms, 1992(Epigram: A concise and witty comments that expresses a personal opinion about a general principle, such as this one from William Blake's The marriage of heaven and hell (1790): 'Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed'; A verse epigram is a short satirical poem that expresses a particular thought.)
    • found: The new Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics, 1993(Epigram: A form of writing which makes a satiric or aphoristic observation with wit, extreme condensation, and, above all, brevity. As a poetic form, the epigram generally takes the shape of a couplet or quatrain, but tone defines it better than verse-form.)
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    • Short, witty statements.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-15: revised
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