An epigram for politicians

How to write an epigram that is
witty, astute, intelligent, shrewd?

Display assessment capacity
to respond with perspicacity.

In this acute perspicacious state,
gently seek the connected cognate,

but do not believe political hype
that this is actually a mandate.

An epigram for politicians

msdebbie

Joined March 2009

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What is an epigram?

An epigram is a short, pithy saying, usually in verse, often with a quick, satirical twist at the end. The subject is usually a single thought or event. The word “epigram” comes from the Greek epigraphein, meaning “to write on, inscribe," and originally referred to the inscriptions written on stone monuments in ancient Greece. The first-century epigrams of the Roman poet Martial became the model for the modern epigram.

The epigram flourished in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England thanks to John Donne, Robert Herrick, Ben Jonson, Alexander Pope, Lord George Byron, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In France, the poet Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux and the philosopher Voltaire often employed the epigrammatic form.

Some examples below by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.

And a Guardian infographic about the epigrams of Oscar Wilde

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