A to Z Challenge Day Five: Exulansis and Epigram

Word of the Day:

n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.

Poetry Form: 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.


 Example of an Epigram


by Robert Louis Stevenson
Of all my verse, like not a single line;
But like my title, for it is not mine.
That title from a better man I stole:
Ah, how much better, had I stol’n the whole.

 My Epigram

Broken Muse

Smashing words trying to rise above the din
Condensing thoughts into acceptable words
My patience is wearing quite thin
Remembrance is for the birds



Photo by  Marie Ketring

Word of the Day by Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Poetry Theme by Academy of American Poets

Poem of the Day by Robert Louis Stevenson


6 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge Day Five: Exulansis and Epigram

  1. I love “condensing thoughts into appropriate words.” Beautiful.

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  2. Love the explanations on the poems ..also love the examples.

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  3. Great word! I followed this blog because I thought you’d set yourself a really interesting and creative challenge. I haven’t been disappointed yet. Often with creativity, the more structure and rules you impose on work, the more interesting and worthy the results. Your blog is a case in point. Just terrific.

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    1. Thank you very much 🙂 Have a beautiful day!


  4. Both good epigrams. I’d never heard of exulansis before; quite a sad meaning.

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