• Epigraph Analysis
  • Greek epigraphē, from epigraphein
  • and appear under a heading “Epigraph.” Notes to chapter epigraphs can be ...
  • at the outset (such as chapter titles, subheads, epigraphs, text extracts ...

Here are 17 of the most memorable epigraphs:

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Not that one ESLR supersedes another, but ESLR 1 and ESLR 3 are particularly close to this seminar's emphasis. My school is student-centered and aims at the development of each individual student so that they contribute to a productive, just society. Our educational system works to expose students to varied perspectives about personal, local, and global issues. As teachers, we create opportunities that aim at both experiential and participatory learning. 1 Education also aims for students, on their own volition, to apply what they have learned about those perspectives and to shape their own interpretation of the elements required of a good, successful life for themselves. As a teacher, I envision that each of my students will discover and make strides to fulfill their own meaning in life. I am excited that this seminar focuses on finding meaning and significance in the texts my students read, and I hope from there to expand and apply those meanings to create students' own personal interpretations of joy and success. My curriculum unit brings together higher order thinking skills through the analysis of author or narrator reliability, the evaluation of evidence, and in particular the dissection of epigraphs, all of which lead to student interpretations.

Exceptions to this are an epigraph from a scholarly book or journal and a quotation used by permission. In these cases, cite the author, year, and page number at the end of the epigraph, in parentheses with no period—just as you would for a block quote. The source should be listed in the References section.


"Never use epigraphs, they kill the mystery in the work!" (Adli)

As with APA, the Modern Language Association manual does not have specific instructions for epigraphs, but writers typically follow the rules for indented quotations. Write your epigraph one double space beneath your title. Indent 2 inches on both sides of the epigraph, so it’s 1 inch further from the standard margin. Use single spacing for the epigraph, and center the text on the page. Put quotation marks around the text. On the line below the epigraph, write the speaker’s name, flush right, but still within the margins you set up for the epigraph. Cite the source in your Works Cited page. Remember to reset the 1-inch margins on the next line and resume double spacing for the remainder of your essay.