The term ‘epitaph’ itself means ‘something to be spoken at a burial or engraved upon a tomb.’ When an epitaph is a poem written for a tomb, and appears in a book, we are aware that we are not reading it in its proper form: we are reading a reproduction. The original of the epitaph is the tomb itself, with its words cut into the stone.
Let there be no inscription upon my tomb; let no man write my epitaph: no man can write my epitaph.
I shall be active and vigorous even from the tomb.
A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation’s paradise and its tomb.