Meaning of Epitaph
What is Epitaph:
The epitaph is an inscription on the tombstone or plaque of the grave of a deceased to commemorate his life.
Epitaph comes from the Greek epitaphius composed by epi indicating ‘about’ and taphos which refers to ‘grave’.
Epitaphs are short phrases that are engraved on the tombstones of the deceased to commemorate the person's life.
The epitaphs are a reflection on life and death and reflect the achievements, feats or contributions that the person left in the world from the point of view of the people who accompanied him in life.
Writing an epitaph draws on the memories, wisdom, and inspiration that the deceased person has left behind. Some people prefer to write their own epitaph before they die, although the custom is for their closest family or friends to write it after they die.
The poem "In peace" by Amado Nervo can be considered an epitaph written in life, for example, where he is grateful for the life he had.
Examples of epitaphs
The epitaphs of famous people serve as a reminder about the way of life or the philosophy that they followed in life. Here are some more famous epitaphs:
- "It is more worthy for men to learn to die than to kill." Seneca (4 BC - 65 BC)
- "Do not envy the peace of the dead" Michel de Nôtre-Dame Nostradamus (1503 - 1566)
- "They called me" Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
- "It seems that he has gone, but not" Mario Moreno Cantinflas (1911 - 1993)
- "Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty. I am free at last ”. Martin Luther King (1929-1968)