Lapidary style


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that style which is proper for monumental and other inscriptions; terse; sententious.

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The poems written during the last year of his life formulate anguished existential questions in a lapidary style reminiscent of John Donne's.
The craftsman, who should follow the lapidary style of Caesar's Gallic Wars, must remain realistic about his audience's limited interest in his work, especially if it questions their assumptions: "Let us look at our audience now as competitors, rather than simply as grateful recipients of the blessings of your brilliance.
Such disagreements and reservations set aside, Weinbrot's monograph is instructive, finely crafted, and written in a forceful, lapidary style.