Epigram

(67 words)
  • Editors

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

A polished, terse and witty remark that packs generalised knowledge into short compass:

The learn’d is happy nature to explore
The fool is happy that he knows no more. (Pope)

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. (Johnson)

What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole
Its body brevity, and wit its soul. (Coleridge)

France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams. (Carlyle)

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Citation:
Editors. "Epigram". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=344, accessed 02 August 2015.]


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