Wednesday, December 12, 2007


epitaph, epigraph, epilogue.

epigraph: a quotation set at the beginning of a literary work or one of its divisions to suggest its theme

epitaph: a brief statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person or something past

epilogue: a concluding section that rounds out the design of a literary work

I just spent over twenty minutes on google and an online dictionary trying to figure out which three of these were which. Epigragh was what I was looking for.

"When a trout rising to fly gets hooked on a line and finds himself uanbleto swim about freely, he begins with a fight which results in struggles and splashes and sometimes an escape. Often, of course, the situation is too tough for him.
"In the same way the human being struggels with his environments and with the hooks that catch him. Sometimes he masters his difficulties; sometimes they are too much for him. His struggles are all that the world sees and it naturally misunderstands them. It is hard for a free fish to understand what is happening to a hooked one".
--Karl A. Maenninger (the epigraph to Potok's, The Chosen)

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