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Resources for epitaph Time Traveler! Explore the year a word first appeared. Dictionary Entries near epitaph episynaloephe episyntheton epit epitaph epitaphless epitasis epitaxy. Statistics for epitaph Look-up Popularity. Time Traveler for epitaph The first known use of epitaph was in the 14th century See more words from the same century.
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English Language Learners Definition of epitaph. Kids Definition of epitaph. Translation of epitaph Nglish: Translation of epitaph for Spanish Speakers Britannica English: Translation of epitaph for Arabic Speakers Britannica. Comments on epitaph What made you want to look up epitaph? Get Word of the Day daily email! Need even more definitions? Words at Play 'Decadent': Ghost Word The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary. They are usually in elegiac verse, though many of the later epitaphs are in prose.
Among the most familiar epitaphs are those, ascribed to Simonides of Ceos c. Roman epitaphs, in contrast to the Greek, contained as a rule nothing beyond a record of facts with little variation.
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The oldest existing epitaphs in Britain are those of the Roman occupiers and are, of course, in Latin, which continued for many centuries to be the preferred language for epitaphs. The use of English began about the middle of the 14th century, but as late as , Samuel Johnson , asked to write an English epitaph for Oliver Goldsmith , replied that he would never consent to disgrace the walls of Westminster Abbey with an English inscription. Most of the epitaphs that have survived from before the Protestant Reformation were inscribed upon brasses.
By Elizabethan times, however, epitaphs upon stone monuments, in English, became much more common and began to assume a more literary character. Thomas Nashe tells how, by the end of the 16th century, the writing of verse epitaphs had become a trade. Many of the best-known epitaphs are primarily literary memorials, not necessarily intended to be placed on a tomb. The art of the epitaph was largely lost in the 20th century. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.
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Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Lengthy epitaph for Johann Wauer a German pastor , died , concluding with a short Biblical quotation.
Inscription at Heather O'Rourke 's crypt. Ezzatollah Sahabi , Glory of Iran and his patriotic daughter Haleh. The gravestone of comedian, writer and actor Spike Milligan showing the notable epitaph. Note that it features etchings of characters she voiced on South Park. In a more figurative sense, the term may be used for music composed in memory of the deceased. Igor Stravinsky composed in Epitaphium for flute, clarinet and harp. In Krzysztof Meyer called his Symphony No. Jeffrey Lewis composed Epitaphium — Children of the Sun for narrator, chamber choir, piano, flute, clarinet and percussion.
Valentin Silvestrov composed in Epitaph L.
In Graham Waterhouse composed Epitaphium for string trio as a tribute to the memory of his father William Waterhouse. The South African poet Gert Vlok Nel wrote an originally untitled song, which appeared on his first music album 'Beaufort-Wes se Beautiful Woorde' as 'Epitaph', because his producer Eckard Potgieter told him that the song sounded like an epitaph. David Bowie 's final album, Blackstar , released in , is generally seen as his musical epitaph, with singles " Blackstar " and " Lazarus " often singled out.
In the late s, a unique epitaph was flown to the moon along with the ashes of geologist and planetary scientist Eugene Shoemaker. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Epitaph disambiguation.
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