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Poetry Definition

A commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument written to praise the deceased.


Walter de la Mare

Here lies a most beautiful lady,
Light of step and heart was she:
I think she was the most beautiful lady
That ever was in the West Country.
But beauty vanishes; beauty passes;
However rare, rare it be;
And when I crumble who shall remember
This lady of the West Country?

Standard Definition

[n] an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
[n] a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person

Misc. Definitions

\Ep"i*taph\, n. [F. ['e]pitaphe, L. epitaphium a funeral oration, fr. Gr. ?, orig. an adj., over or at a tomb; 'epi` upon + ? tomb. Cf. {Cenotaph}.]
1. An inscription on, or at, a tomb, or a grave, in memory or commendation of the one buried there; a sepulchral inscription. Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb. --Shak.
2. A brief writing formed as if to be inscribed on a monument, as that concerning Alexander: ``Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non sufficeret orbis.''
\Ep"i*taph\, v. t. To commemorate by an epitaph. [R.] Let me be epitaphed the inventor of English hexameters. --G. Harvey.
\Ep"i*taph\, v. i. To write or speak after the manner of an epitaph. [R.] The common in their speeches epitaph upon him . . . ``He lived as a wolf and died as a dog.'' --Bp. Hall.