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1. An inscription on a tombstone in memory of the one buried there.
2. A brief literary piece commemorating a deceased person.

[Middle English, from Old French epitaphe, from Latin epitaphium, from Greek epitaphion, from neuter of epitaphios, funerary : epi-, epi- + taphos, tomb.]

ep′i·taph′ic adj.
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In this sense, La mafia uccide has to be seen as part of the epitaphic tradition of Mafia movies discussed by Millicent Marcus.
Indeed, the narrator's outspoken defense of a simplicity in epitaphic expression may remind us of another Wordsworthian aspect to the sketch, for the narrator's debate over the appropriateness of the epitaph suggests Hawthorne's likely familiarity with the English Romantic poet's "Essay upon Epitaphs," first published in 1810 in Coleridge's periodical The Friend and later appended as a long note to The Excursion (1814), which Hawthorne likely read in 1837 or 1838.
With the development of written language, epitaphic writing became the most efficient way to bury the dead and to memorialize the deceased.
From Burke, Castellano turns to Wordsworth, locating a similar concern with individuals' habitation in landscapes bequeathed to them by the dead in Wordsworth's epitaphic poetry.
recruits, before turning my focus to epitaphic writing in the shape of
As a book-event, Mahon's New Collected Poems is immediately impressive, riskily ignoring the arrangements of Mahon's earlier books in favor of making something new; this does not generate the epitaphic aura of a deathbed edition, therefore, but rather promotes the poet as the most effective moderator of his own work, at least as long as he lives.
As Paul De Man reminds, such elegiac acts of self-commemoration are as much about effacing the subject of epitaphic inscription as they are about enshrining that subject in an ossified representation of living speech.
Thus the topos "Athens, haven for political refugees" flourishes in tragedy (at least six of them) and oratory (most of the epitaphic speeches) before the historians grappled with Athenian self-congratulation.
This study holds that by attending to this epitaphic 'here' in the English Renaissance, by here-ing it back into the presence for which it yearns, one can discern some crucial patterns, related not only to the reformation of mortality, but also to the emergence of a novel, even 'reformed' sense of textualized memory" (1).
extinct, gigantic quadrupeds" (169), Darwin adopts what Amigoni calls "the epitaphic mode" characteristic of Wordsworth: "Extinction is afforded the kind of reverential language of mortality associated with Wordsworth" (93-94).
the epitaphic contract: a poet is someone who saves and is saved by the dead" (Carson 74).
These words were epitaphic not only for Ben, but for millions of other young adults, whose lives were lost as a result of the pandemic.