George W.

asked • 12/14/12

What is an epigraph?

I'd like to know. 

Patricia G.

Dear George

Karina did a great job giving examples of epigraphs.  If you need a "one-liner," in simple terms, to remember for an exam, I've listed the definition I remembered from years ago:

"An epigraph is a provocative piece of prose, poetry or quotation that serves as an introduction to a literary work."



Donna Ann P.


Hi George:

     An epigraph is not just a recitation of a quote from literature.  It should be quoted material which sets the theme or underlying premise of your essay or novel.  It may also cause the reader to pause and think about a particularly relevant idea which is discussed in the literature.   

Regards,  Donna Ann P.



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Karina C. answered • 12/14/12

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