Epigram Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: RL.9-10.5

Core Standard

This is a rhetorical device that is usually quickly delivered in an attempt to add a satirical twist. Authors will often use this technique to break apart somber dialogue to lighten things up. These can often be discovered within witty statements. When used in poetry, they usually focus on a single focused subject. Epigrams are often best used with audiences that appreciate an element of humor or comedic relief. In strictly formal settings these are the literary devices that you may want to avoid. These are commonly used in speeches, television, plays, and movies. These worksheets will help students first identify the use of this literary technique and then slowly help them how to approach using it in their own writing.