How to write an epitaph poem

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How to write an epitaph poem

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

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