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What is an Epigram Poem?

An Epigram is a short satirical and witty poem, usually written as a couplet or quatrain, but can also just be a one-lined phrase. It is a brief and forceful remark with a funny ending. The term epigram derives from the Greek word 'epi-gramma' meaning inscription or to inscribe.

Example of an Epigram Poem:

Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Example of an Epigram:

I can resist everything except temptation.

By Oscar Wilde

Why don't you try writing an epigram poem and enter it into one of our Poetry Competitions.