I'd like to know.
What is an epigraph?
An epigraph can be either:
1) a quotation or an inscription on a building or statue
- For example a plaque with the following text can be found inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty :
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote comes from Emma Lazarus' sonnet, New Colossus
-or an epigraph can be
2) a quotation or "motto" used at the beginning of a book or any text which usually suggest the theme of that book or text
- For example: this is the epigraph in the beginning of the Great Gatsby:
"Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!" – Thomas Parke D’Invilliers
-Epigraphs give you a sampling of what is too come in the book or just give you a heads up as to what the theme may be