I hope you brought your wit with you today because you are going to need it! An epigram dating back to ancient Greece, "is a short, pithy saying, usually in verse, often with a quick, satirical twist at the end" (Poet's.org). You can often find these types of poems in greeting cards. They can be inspiring, playful, or downright wicked.
What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole;
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
Epigrams are typically two lines, but can be much longer. To create an epigram brainstorm a list of themes (friendship, relationships, death etc.). Is there something you find funny in your list of themes or is there an issue you would like to make a social comment on? Use this create an epigram.
--Write an epigram poem or
--Using the illustrations above as a prompt, write a poem about empathy.
Feel free to share your poem in the comments below, on your blog (leave a link in the comments), or on the poetry Facebook page.
--To learn more about Epigrams click here
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Julie Rowan-Zoch is a graphic designer morphed by motherhood into a super-volunteer, spun into a pre-pubbie cocoon, soon to emerge writer and illustrator of children’s books! To learn more about Julie check out her fabulous blog by clicking here, or find her on Facebook by clicking here. Stay tuned to see more illustrations from Julie.