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“An author…may wish to include an epigraph — a quotation that is pertinent but not integral to the text”*…


Epigraph: To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee


Epigraph: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Examples from  Phoebe Pan‘s “ongoing collection of epigraphs.”

* Chicago Manual of Style


As we appreciate appositeness, we might send silly birthday greetings to Edward Lear; he was born on this date in 1812.  An artist, illustrator, musician, author, and poet, he is known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose– including his limericks, a form he he did much to popularize.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince

Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced by the light of the moon,

The moon,
The moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.

-“The Owl and the Pussycat” (probably Lear’s best-known poem)




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May 12, 2018 at 1:01 am

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