Word of the Day :

epigram :


noun1 : a concise poem dealing pointedlyand often satirically with a singlethought or event and often endingwith an ingenious turn of thought 2 : a tersesage, or witty and oftenparadoxical saying 3 : expressionmarked by the use of epigrams 

On the wall of his studioJonathankept a framed print of his favoriteepigram from Benjamin Franklin: “Little strokes fell great oaks.” 

“But this is a work that tends to relyon pithy epigramsrather than build a sturdy narrative arc about a youngartist‘s awakening and an old artist‘s raging against the dying of the light.” — Kerry ReidChicago TribuneFebruary 13, 2015

Did you know?
Ancient Greeks and Romans usedthe word epigramma (from Greekepigrapheinmeaning “to write on”) to refer to a concisewitty, and oftensatirical verse. The Roman poetMartial (who published eleven booksof these epigrammata, or epigramsbetween the years 86 and 98 C.E.) was a master of the form: “You puffthe poets of other days, / the livingyou deplore. / Spare me the accoladeyour praise / Is not worthdying for.” English speakers adoptedthe “verse” sense of the word whenwe first used epigram for a concisepoem dealing pointedly and oftensatirically with a single thought or event in the 15th century. In the late18th century, we began usingepigram for concisewitty sayingseven if they didn‘t rhyme.


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