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Famous Epigram Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Epigram poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous epigram poems. These examples illustrate what a famous epigram poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Jonson, Ben
IX. ? TO ALL TO WHOM I WRITE.      May none whose scatter'd names honor my book, For strict degrees of rank or title look : 'Tis 'gainst the manners...Read More



by Service, Robert William
 I took a contract to bury the body of blasphemous Bill MacKie,
Whenever, wherever or whatsoever the manner of death he die--
Whether he die in the light o' day or...Read More

by Pope, Alexander
 I am his Highness' dog at Kew;
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?...Read More

by Jonson, Ben
LXXIII. — TO FINE GRAND. What is't, FINE GRAND, makes thee my friendship fly, Or take an Epigram so fearfully, As 'twere a challenge, or a borrower's letter: The world must...Read More

by Burns, Robert
 I’M now arrived—thanks to the gods!—
 Thro’ pathways rough and muddy,
A certain sign that makin roads
 Is no this people’s study:
Altho’ Im not wi’ Scripture cram’d,
 I’m sure the...Read More

by Browning, Robert
 There's a palace in Florence, the world knows well, 
And a statue watches it from the square, 
And this story of both do our townsmen tell. 

Ages ago, a...Read More

by Burns, Robert
 EARTH’D up, here lies an imp o’ hell,
 Planted by Satan’s dibble;
Poor silly wretch, he’s damned himsel’,
 To save the Lord the trouble....Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
 Can I, my friend, with thee condole?--
Can I conceive the woes that try men,
When late repentance racks the soul
Ensnared into the toils of hymen?
Can I take part in such...Read More

by Parker, Dorothy
 If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it....Read More

by Browning, Robert
 There's a palace in Florence, the world knows well,
And a statue watches it from the square,
And this story of both do our townsmen tell.

Ages ago, a lady there,
At the...Read More

by Raleigh, Sir Walter
 To Griggs, that learned man, in many a bygone session, 
His kids were his delight, and physics his profession;
Now Griggs, grown old and glum, and less intent on knowledge,
Physics...Read More

by Burns, Robert
 OF Lordly acquaintance you boast,
 And the Dukes that you dined wi’ yestreen,
Yet an insect’s an insect at most,
 Tho’ it crawl on the curl of a Queen!...Read More

by Burns, Robert
 ASK why God made the gem so small?
 And why so huge the granite?—
Because God meant mankind should set
 That higher value on it....Read More

by Burns, Robert
 YE hypocrites! are these your pranks?
To murder men and give God thanks!
Desist, for shame!—proceed no further;
God won’t accept your thanks for MURTHER...Read More

by Burns, Robert
 YE men of wit and wealth, why all this sneering
’Gainst poor Excisemen? Give the cause a hearing:
What are your Landlord’s rent-rolls?—Taxing ledgers!
What Premiers?—What ev’n Monarchs?—Mighty Gaugers!
Nay, what are Priests?...Read More

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