Exercise : Writing Epitaphs
Writing Epitaphs( In Verse)
- To recognize that an epitaph helps in determining goal of one’s life
- to determine what your aspirations should be
- to document how you would like others to remember you
- to learn that an epitaph is a memorial inscription imprinted on a grave stone to commemorate a person who has passed away.
- to write personal epitaphs and of the deceased characters from the prescribed text(s)
- In the earlier class , each student was assigned a character from the following list
Caterine Earnshaw Linton
|Mrs. Thomas Hardy|
2. A sample of epitaphs is provided and the class is given 2 minutes time to deliberate on the utility of the given verses.
Read the following writings and deliberate on the utility:
|Here lies my wife: here let her lie!Now she’s at rest, and so am I.( Dryden)||Here lies a great and mighty king,Whose promise none relies on;He never said a foolish thing,Nor ever did a wise one.(On King Charles II)|
|Life is a jest, and all things show it.I though so once; but now I know it.(Gray)||Even such is Time, that takes our trustOur youth , our joys, our all we have, and pays us but with earth and dust;Who in the dark and silent grave,When we have wandered all our ways,Shuts up the story of our days.
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.
(Sir Walter Ralegh)
And here is our Bard:
“Good Friends, for Jesus’ sake forbear,
To dig the bones enclosed here!
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.” ( Shakespeare)
Now read the following Epitaphs written by some real life casualties
3. Writing an epitaph that a student would like to see on his/her tombstone, after inscribing a probable date.
4.Taking the ownership of the Deceased Characters from the prescribed course.
This epitaphs may take the form of appeals from the dead to passers-by or of descriptions of the dead person’ s merits . The epitaph should capture the essence of your character by using descriptive words, phrases, and figurative language. The tone of the epitaph should match the writer’s attitude as a reader toward the character you write about. The language of the epitaph should also appeal to the senses of the reader to help convey the real meaning of your character.An acrostic poem could be attempted for this purpose.
5. Epitaph Peer Review
Author of the Epitaph: __________________________________________
1. List descriptive words, phrases, and figurative language from the epitaph, that captures the essence of the character.
2. Which of the words, phrases, and figurative language seem significant to the epitaph? Explain why they are important.
3. What is the overall tone of the epitaph? What evidence from the epitaph communicates the tone?
4. Which words and phrases from the epitaph appeal to the senses? How does this appeal communicate information?