Saturday, April 25, 2009

Write an Epigram

It's a pithy little poem, the epigram. A few lines shot off from the hip, no?


Visit the Academy of American Poets or Wikipedia for overviews on the epigram. Then take a shot at it yourself.

Here are a few examples for inspiration:

I am His Highness' dog at Kew;
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
— Alexander Pope

Is dandy,
But liquor
Is quicker
— Ogden Nash

Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she's at rest - and so am I.
— John Dryden

A Lame Begger
I am unable, yonder beggar cries,
To stand, or move; if he say true, he lies.
— John Donne

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