TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Stinging epigrams on tombstones
Epigrams which originally were inscriptions on tombs were invented by the Roman poet Martial. Poignancy and sting was deemed the necessary characteristic of this kind of verse and to write a perfect one was deemed as difficult as to compose an epic.
The following inscription on a tombstone in York, Maine, has just this quality.
- I was somebody,
- Who, is no business of yours.
As to what a baby was deemed worth in a certain family, we have this record from a tombstone in Iowa.
- Beneath this stone our baby lies,
- He never cries nor hollers
- He lived just one and 20 days
- And cost us 40 dollars.
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