epigrammatism

Related to epigrammatism: Epigrammist, epigrammatist

ep·i·gram·ma·tism

 (ĕp′ĭ-grăm′ə-tĭz′əm)
n.
Literary style marked by the use of epigrams.

ep′i·gram′ma·tist n.

epigrammatism

1. the composition of brief witty, ingenious, or sententious statements.
2. the composition of short, concise poems, often satirical, displaying a witty or ingenious thought. — epigrammatist, n. — epigrammatic, adj.
See also: Language Style
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The work is rather too light & bright & sparkling;--it wants shade;--it wants to be stretched out here & there with a long Chapter--of sense if it could be had, if not of solemn specious nonsense--about something unconnected with the story; an Essay on Writing, a critique on Walter Scott, or the history of Buonaparte--or anything that would form a contrast & bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness & Epigrammatism of the general stile.
Jane seems to have invented (in her Letters) I am a honey, not in OED; mamalone (Turkish-style headgear); nidgetty (pertaining to midwives); and epigrammatism (later picked up by Poe, 1849), in her own retro-assessment of Pride & Prejudice.
Pound's next collection, Lustra (1913), contains many exiguous lyrics like "Metro" and "Alba" and "Art 1910," but its keynote is a sarcastic epigrammatism.
The work is rather too light & bright & sparkling; - it wants shade; - it wants to be stretched out here & there with a long Chapter - of sense if it could be had, if not of solemn specious nonsense - about something unconnected with the story; an Essay on Writing, a critique on Walter Scott, or the history of Buonaparte - or anything that would form a contrast & bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness & Epigrammatism of the general stile.
It is surely significant that Poe singled out this twelve-line poem to typify various merits of Osgood's poetry, such as "grace of expression," "facility in illustration," and her epigrammatism.
Despite Austen's delight in "the playfulness & Epigrammatism of the general stile," she claims to suspect that the novel is "rather too light & bright & sparkling," though the solutions she proposes--"an Essay on Writing, a critique on Walter Scott, or the history of Buonaparte"--parody the sort of self-important narrative voice she has rejected (4 February).