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A short poem treating concisely and pointedly of a single thought or event.
The modern epigram is so contrived as to surprise the reader with a witticism or ingenious turn of thought, and is often satirical in character.
An effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply expressed, whether in verse or prose.
The style of the epigram. a witty saying.
a witty saying. a brief witty poem Randle Cotgrave translates 'Epigramme' as 'An Epigram; a Couplet, Stanzo, or short Poeme, wittily taxing a particular person, or fault; also, a title, inscription, or superscription '.
A pithy, sometimes satiric couplet or quatrain which was popular in classic Latin literature and in European and English literature of the Renaissance and the neo-Classical era Epigrams comprise a single thought or event and are often aphoristic with a witty or humorous turn of thought Coleridge wrote the following definition: What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
A short poem with a witty turn of thought or a wittily condensed expression in prose It was originally a form of monumental inscription in ancient Greece but was developed into a literary form by the poets of the Hellenistic age and by Martial, a Roman poet whose Epigrams were often obscenely insulting The art of the epigram was cultivated in France and Germany by Voltaire, Schiller and others during the 17th and 18th centuries Many of Sassoon's anti-war poems are epigrammatic G. : An inscription in verse or prose on a building, tome, or coin a short verse or motto appearing at the beginning of a longer poem or the title page of a novel, at the heading of a new section or paragraph of an essay or other literary work to establish mood or raise thematic concerns The opening epigram to Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' is one such example A short, humorous poem, often written in couplets, that makes a satiric point Coleridge once described this third type of epigram using an epigram himself: 'A dwarfish whole, / Its body brevity, and wit its soul '.
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