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a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc., suggesting its theme



since the 14th century, a quotation used to open a work of literature or part of a work. Sources for epigraphs are folk literature, the Bible, aphorisms, fiction, and letters. Sometimes writers compose their own epigraphs. The epigraph introduces a fresh point of view to the topic under consideration, elucidating its meaning and indicating the traditions with which the work is linked.

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One of the epigraphs in "Feast Days: Thanksgiving-Christmas" is as follows:
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Gellhorn's epigraph, though not Russian, has an intriguing literary history.
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After this epigraph there is a smaller arch, which depicts the figures of Shapour II and his son Shapour III, and above each of these impression the personalities of epigraph have been introduced in Pahlavi Sassanid script.
The collection opens with an epigraph from Angel Dominguez depicting a mythic species ofjaguars as "keepers of the cosmos" under the influence of the psychedelic vine Yage.
It sounds like the epigraph to something much, much bigger than itself.
The line that creates the epigraph to Defiance is "We are the same people, only further from home" (Defiance, New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2007).
I believe that the epigraph from Edmund Husserl's Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology is one which calls for extended consideration.
Karma Crisis begins with an epigraph from Stephen Dunn: "The good news is I know who I am; / that's the bad news, too.
The epigraph, taken from his novel Reruns, in which the protagonist notes that "when Molly left, everything burned" and the final section, when Jack is an old man, disappointed by his failures, living in an isolated shack with a woman he barely knows, amplify his regret.
An epigraph from Herman Melville turns up early in Holbrooke's remarkable chronicle of his experience in the Balkans