My Gedanken Experiments

Sinister Writings (from the left)


An Epigram is a brief, clever and/or memorable statement. They can be satirical, they can be pithy, they are always pointed. The intent is to contain maximum punch in a minimum of words or syllables. Some are in couplets or quatrains, others are merely a quick splash.

Certain epigrams that I call a “quick splash” are not considered, by some, to be poems. They call them quotations. I disagree. I can’t find a legitimate place to draw the line between a quotation and a poem. A poem is designed to convey an idea, a thought or a feeling, and pithy quotations do just that.


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