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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.

An example of an Epigram Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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.

An example of an Epigram by Oscar Wilde

"I can resist everything except temptation"

Why don't you try writing an Epigram poem and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

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