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    Red face Discussion about epitaph

    I hope this eeric title dosen't shock you.
    I just finish reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, which is an attractive and epic novel, and the epitaph wrriten in this book-In Loving Memory of Laura-intertests me that what are epitaphs commonly looks like in English-speaking country? Also, do you know some enlighting epitaphs in the tomb of great people?

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    Re: Discussion about epitaph

    In loving memory is fairly common on graves, as is stating the relatioships that the person had within the family- beloved father, brother, etc.

    Here's a famous one from the poet WB Yeats:

    Cast a cold Eye
    On Life, on Death.
    Horseman, pass by!

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    Re: Discussion about epitaph

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In loving memory is fairly common on graves, as is stating the relatioships that the person had within the family- beloved father, brother, etc.

    Here's a famous one from the poet WB Yeats:

    Cast a cold Eye
    On Life, on Death.
    Horseman, pass by!
    Thanks for your answer. The first phrase seems shows the strong will towards the difficulty in life, but I am confused about the last phrase. What is the meaning of the metapher horseman?

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    Re: Discussion about epitaph

    An interpretation of the poem is that when we die, life will continue. The horseman is symbolic regarding the continuation of life.

    Another interpretation is that members of the gentry were on horseback. They were allowed to pass without stopping. Thus, "Horseman, pass by!" It's an enigmatic sentence. Anyway, if you like Yeats, you should read Down by the Salley Gardens.

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