How to write an epitaph poemPresentation Transcript
How To Write an Epitaph Poem Kathleen C. Rich
What Is An Epitaph An epitaph poem is a short, memorable poem written on a deceased person's tombstone. A good epitaph poem sums up an important message about the person's life, or a core aspect of their personality (Lee, 1).
Steps To Writing An Epitaph Step 1 Research epitaph poems to see how they are written Visit a local cemetery and look on the tombstones Use resources such as the Bible and poetry books
Step 2 Write down things about the person’s life and personality Use things such as: Quotes Funny stories Their history
Step 3 Write down important roles this person held. Such as mother, father, aunt or military personnel. Write down ways that this person impacted lives through work or in everyday life. Example: To know even one life breathed easierbecause she lived is to know shetruly succeeded while here.
Step 4 Decide what qualities or accomplishments you want to focus on. Example: His true wealth was in his generous heart. And what endless wealth he did have. Once you have narrowed it down, pick a main theme that you want the epitaph to follow
Step 5 Create the poem Most epitaphs are short and memorable Remember they must fit on a tombstone They do not have rhyme, but they should flow
Step 6 Put the epitaph away for a day and then take it out later to edit Have relatives and close friends read it for advice to improve it Make necessary changes until you are satisfied (Lee, 1)
References Everlife Memorials (2004). Epitaphs for Males - Father, Son, Brother. Retrieved from http://www.everlifememorials.com/v/headstones/epitaphs-males.htm Lee, A. (2010). How to Write an Epitaph Poem. Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/how_6396037_write-epitaph-poem.html