Delicate irony and pointed epigram take the place of broad humour.
The second epigram is anonymous, and runs as follows: - " The Chian is another.
Especially in this last he shows a tendency to epigram and often uses humorous and pathetic expressions.
A limerick is a kind of burlesque epigram, written in five lines.
Lessing's theory of the origin of the epigram is somewhat fanciful, but no other critic has offered so many pregnant hints as to the laws of epigrammatic verse, or defended with so much force and ingenuity the character of Martial.