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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. If you need help with this we have an Epigram workshop that you can use.

For information on poetry types other than an a Epigram visit our poetry glossary – poetry types.

Poetry Types

Acrostic Epigram Lyric Shakespearean Sonnet
Ballad Free verse Ottava rima Sonnet
Ballade Haiku Pantoum Tanka Poem
Blank verse Horatian Ode Pindaric Ode Terza rima
Cinquain Irregular Ode Riddle Tetractys
Diamante Kennings Rondeau Triolet
Echo Verse Kyrielle Senryu Tyburn
Epic Limerick Shape Poem  
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