epigram vs epigraph

epigram epigraph


  • 1) obsolete An inscription in stone.
  • 2) A brief but witty saying.
  • 3) A short, witty or pithy poem.
  • 4) A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement.
  • 5) A short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation.
  • 6) Epigrammatic discourse or expression.
  • 7) An effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply expressed, whether in verse or prose.
  • 8) 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.
  • 9) The style of the epigram.
  • 10) In Gr. lit., a poetical inscription placed upon a tomb or public monument, as upon the face of a temple or public arch.
  • 11) Hence In a restricted sense, a short poem or piece in verse, which has only one subject, and finishes by a witty or ingenious turn of thought; hence, in a general sense, an interesting thought represented happily in a few words, whether verse or prose; a pointed or antithetical saying.


  • 1) mathematics (of a function) the set of all points lying on or above its graph
  • 2) an inscription, especially one on a building etc
  • 3) a literary quotation placed at the beginning of a book etc
  • 4) A motto or quotation, as at the beginning of a literary composition, setting forth a theme.
  • 5) An inscription, as on a statue or building.
  • 6) Any inscription set upon a building; especially, one which has to do with the building itself, its founding or dedication.
  • 7) (Literature) A citation from some author, or a sentence framed for the purpose, placed at the beginning of a work or of its separate divisions; a motto.
  • 8) an engraved inscription
  • 9) a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
  • 10) In lit., a citation from some author, or a sentence framed for the purpose, placed at the commencement of a work or of one of its separate divisions; a motto.
  • 11) An inscription cut or impressed on stone, metal, or other permanent material, as distinguished from a writing in manuscript, etc.; specifically, in archaeology, a terse inscription on a building, tomb, monument, or statue, denoting its use or appropriation, and sometimes incorporated in its scheme of ornamentation.
  • 12) A superscription or title at the beginning of a book, a treatise, or a part of a book.
  • 13) To inscribe an epigraph on.


  • 1) Perhaps there was truth in Croce's epigram that `all history is contemporary history".
  • 2) "What do you think Madame Morrible was saying when she ended that Quell with the epigram Animals should be seen and not heard?
  • 3) To see the name of John Milton, the great religious and political polemicist, attached to such a bawdy epigram, is extremely surprising to say the least.
  • 4) The rhetorical flourish of a Latin epigram also has served to indicate that the notion of proof is well understood, and commonly agreed.
  • 5) With its converse insight into the modality of romantic apostasy, this volatile epigram is nothing less than the fulcrum with which we can gain sufficient purchase to negotiate the critical conversions of Coleridgean recantation, from the odes of the 1790s through the desultory journalism of the 1800s and 1810s to the "Logosophia" of 1817 and after.
  • 6) [2] A slang epigram puts it better: The time, the place, and the girl.
  • 7) Latin epigrammatist who left a large mass of work, gave a meaning to the word epigram from which it is only now beginning to recover.
  • 8) The Latin epigram says, Mors mortis morti mortem nisi morte tu lisset, AEternae vitae janua clausa foret.
  • 9) _ What you call epigram gives life and spirit to grave works, and seems principally wanted to relieve a long poem.
  • 10) The epigram are a number of the sentences turned into verse.
  • 11) ‘So, after weeks of intense preparation, I have come up with several epigrams so devastatingly clever in their sarcasm that my adversaries will be forced to admit defeat and submit to my will immediately.’
  • 12) ‘Many blogs feature in their heading a maxim, aphorism, saying, adage, axiom, saw, proverb, epigram or precept.’
  • 13) ‘This was one of the reasons that people spent more time making up pithy aphorisms and witty epigrams.’
  • 14) ‘She lets one pithy epigram after the next fall flat, sadly clouding the brilliance of this real gem of a play.’
  • 15) ‘It is a book of hard-won wisdom and stark pleasure in the form of 500 lyrical aphorisms and epigrams.’
  • 16) ‘For him, the centrepieces of conversation were aphorisms, epigrams and paradoxes which seemed to trip effortlessly from his honeyed tongue.’
  • 17) ‘It's tough to choose a single epitaph for a man who invoked so many epigrams and proverbs.’
  • 18) ‘Some of these examples are maxims, precepts, quips, proverbs and epigrams.’
  • 19) ‘Humanism was gradually replaced by a new international literary culture - ‘classicism’ - that recirculated and recycled an encyclopedic repertory of classical texts, mythologies, epigrams, and commonplaces.’
  • 20) ‘The shrewdness and sharpness of his proverbs and his forceful epigrams serve, in an exceptional degree, to make ethical ideas a popular possession.’
  • 21) ‘The only author the two seem to share in common is Oscar Wilde, hurling his various art-for-art's-sake epigrams at each other like barbs.’
  • 22) ‘Sophists are seen to entangle, entrap, and confuse their opponents, by means of strange or flowery metaphors, by unusual figures of speech, by epigrams and paradoxes, and in general by being clever and smart.’
  • 23) ‘It gently satirized wartime bureaucracy, in a dazzling interchange of epigrams and catch-phrases, many of which passed into the common currency of speech.’
  • 24) ‘His brilliant epigrams and shrewd social observations brought him theatrical success in the early 1890s with The Importance Of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman Of No Importance and An Ideal Husband.’
  • 25) ‘Considering how much I love his writing and, particularly, all his wonderful quotes and epigrams, I suppose I'd always imagined for myself how he might have sounded.’
  • 26) ‘What people remember about his conversation is not what he said - he is no wit and no epigrams have attached themselves to his name - but the experience of having been drawn into the salon of his mind.’
  • 27) ‘And let's be honest here, he was an extremely limited writer and his persecution has probably secured for him a place in history which would have been unachievable from his exhausting epigrams alone.’
  • 28) ‘Combined with his epigrams, the carefully selected images become poor monuments, an aid to critical remembering.’
  • 29) ‘He was a master of the scintillating surface, the witty musical epigram, the surprising twist.’
  • 30) ‘He worked in government service, but was expelled from St Petersburg in 1820 for writing revolutionary epigrams.’
  • 31) ‘He was one of the most versatile of Roman poets, who wrote love poems, elegies, and satirical epigrams with equal success.’
  • 32) ‘The papyrus bears 112 short poems called epigrams.’
  • 33) ‘The Greek Anthology, a collection of erotic and witty epigrams compiled from classical to Byzantine times, pales beside it.’
  • 34) ‘Another structural principle groups the elegies and epigrams together.’
  • 35) ‘Ballades and epigrams seem to have been frequent immigrants here.’
  • 36) ‘The technique of the epigram, which he defined as ‘a short poem, complete in itself, either comic or. serious,’ is to get the ‘most meaning you can into the smallest amount of space.’’
  • 37) ‘My first attempt, a chapbook of satiric epigrams, led me to examine the social facts.’
  • 38) ‘The forms of satirical discourse and epigram are introduced to convey his opinions more directly.’
  • 39) ‘From the 70s and 80s A.D., we have some poems and epigrams by Martial.’
  • 40) ‘He wrote book after book of poems of various lengths, one collection consisting of poems so brief that some are epigrams or puns.’
  • 41) ‘It contains some lists of epigrams and poems from the ancient library and it was found with a mummy, like a mask on the mummy.’
  • 42) ‘It should be clear from these quotes that Davis is an effortless formalist, and he excels at the epigram, aubade, and sonnet, even successfully bringing off a sixteen-line ‘monorhyme.’’
  • 43) ‘The multitude of satirical verses, epigrams, slogans and cartoons displayed upon the statue's base earlier this year demonstrate that it is this subversive, anti-establishment tone which most characterises the Pasquino of today.’
  • 44) ‘Catullus, the great lyric poet of Caesar's Rome, is known to many as the author of the ‘Lesbia’ poems, drum-tight epigrams in which he beats his explorations of love, longing, betrayal, and loss.’
  • 45) ‘It contains hundreds of entries in the Haiku form currently enjoying a renaissance in hip literature circles as well as epigrams, concrete poems and other works similarly concise in their nature.’
  • 46) ‘Today an epigram is generally defined as any short poem with a witty ending.’
  • 47) ‘On the formal level, its massive length (at 196 lines, it is over four times as long as the second-largest poem in the collection) and mock-heroic narrative render questionable its presence within a volume of epigrams.’
  • 48) ‘The resulting ambiguities have arguably frustrated readers for whom the contrasts and juxtapositions of the preceding epigrams offer a reassuring set of interpretive coordinates.’
  • 49) ‘He cites as evidence the earliest use of the term in a literary context, from one of Martial's epigrams (here in the translation by Ben Jonson).’
  • 50) ‘He also takes over a number of themes from Hellenistic poetry, especially from Greek epigram.’


  • 1) The epigraph is by Javier Marías, who could probably discuss this subject much better, since I consider this a difficult question.
  • 2) My epigraph is similarly striking: When language fails us, when we fail each other there is no exorcism.
  • 3) I did check, wondering if it should be an "e" as in "epigraph". posted by Hal Duncan | 2: 46 PM
  • 4) Note 65: The epigraph is from a local song, "A Woman's Tongue Will Never Take a Rest," collected in Cape Broyle in 1968.
  • 5) The other epigraph is from a handbook of speech which points out that in a heightened state of emotion people speak at a rate of a hundred and sixty words a minute.
  • 6) The novel’s epigraph is taken from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, in which a naïve young woman, caught up in fantasies from the Gothic fiction she loves to read, imagines that her host in an English country house is a villain.
  • 7) Textually, the poem carries an epigraph from the seventeenth-century
  • 8) ‘The satirical structure and style of the novel are suggested by an epigraph from Mark Twain's travel book.’
  • 9) ‘Each of the twelve poems in the third section of the book sports an epigraph from a Emerson essay.’
  • 10) ‘The epigraph, a quotation from Dante, further obscures the atmosphere.’
  • 11) ‘To be sure, as our epigraphs suggest, this is not the first time that the issue of canonicity in the domain of law and literature has been raised.’
  • 12) ‘In order to write myself out of the dilemma that I state in the epigraph of the book, I turned to the generative ‘singularities,’ ‘fictions’ of other literary voices.’
  • 13) ‘A secondary group of camera movement predictions that Colin makes (see the epigraph at the beginning of this section) are genre-specific and will require a different approach to evaluate.’
  • 14) ‘As my epigraph suggests, to be ‘strange’ is to be ‘real.’’
  • 15) ‘The first to appear is the epigraph to the fourth chapter.’
  • 16) ‘Past horrors and present dreams (echoing the book's epigraph from Sassoon) buckle together at the moment of ‘observing.’’
  • 17) ‘The book begins with an epigraph from Edgar Allan Poe and then spins out 23 stories connected by a thin meta-narrative: novelists stranded at a writers' retreat.’
  • 18) ‘This conclusion together with the epigraph quoted at the beginning of this review establishes theoretical psychology as much more than a subdiscipline.’
  • 19) ‘However, consideration of the entire passage from which the epigraph is taken suggests a subtlely different interpretation.’
  • 20) ‘I have invoked Shelley as an epigraph because he identified the dangers of hubris and vanity when desire is exhausted and over-idealized.’
  • 21) ‘The first is to be found in the epigraph from Milton's Paradise Lost on the novel's title-page.’
  • 22) ‘(Stowe also included a fragment from it as the epigraph to Chapter 37 of Uncle Tom's Cabin).’
  • 23) ‘The voice in the first epigraph is that of a teacher helping a student with her English pronunciation.’
  • 24) ‘Indeed, the straightforward simplicity of the first epigraph is atypical of her generally more experimental and abstract poetry.’
  • 25) ‘Why do I feel certain the first epigraph is from the past and the second is our contemporary?’
  • 26) ‘Now the general issue about whether rich countries should do this is a complex one; but the issue raised by one of the epigraphs with which the article starts is not.’

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