An epitaph is from Greek term “epitaphios” which means “a funeral oration.” In literature, it is a short-written tribute in poetry or prose in memory of deceased person.
Epitaph can also be defined as:
- an inscription on a gravestone in memory of the deceased.
- a poem or other short text written in memory of a deceased person.
- it is a short statement about a deceased person, often carved on his/her tombstone.
Epitaphs can be sometimes written by poets or authors themselves before dying.
- We will never forget you.
- Beloved mother and wife
- Death is the golden key that opens the palace of Eternity.
- He lies here, somewhere.
- Always in our hearts
- If you live life right
death is a joke
as far as fear is concerned
Characteristics of epitaph are the following:
- It is a short text honouring a deceased person.
- It is inscribed on a tombstone or plaque
- It may also be used in a figurative sense
- Some epitaphs are specified by the person themselves before their death.
- An epitaph may be written in prose or in poetry.
- Most epitaphs are brief records of the family, and perhaps the career of the deceased.
Epitaphs provide those who have passed with a poetic or memorable inscription for those who visit their graves to remember them by. For those who choose their own epitaphs, it is a way of sending one final and lasting message.