A number of early seventeenth-century epigrammatists directly mark their conversion of the form in program poems, using the language of repentance and conversion as they adopt religious subject matter.
he reputation for scandalous subject matter dogged all users of the form in the period, and epigrammatists frequently apologize for and dismiss their own works.
While the religious epigrammatists of the time wrestled with these elements of the genre, they drew upon two main defenses: theoretical classifications of subgenres and appeal to precedent.
Cavafy's poetry echoes no School of Athens, indeed, but recalls instead the glories of the ancient school of Alexandria, reiterating the doctrines and practice of Callimachus and the Neoterics certainly, but even more the exquisite work of the epigrammatists
of the city and of its literary satellites--Cos, Samos, Rhodes, Cyrene, Gadara, Berytus, Sicily, and Magna Graecia--throughout the eastern Mediterranean.
Professor Harold Bloom will not rank among the great epigrammatists
In the long history and among scores of exponents of the epigram, there are surprisingly few epigrammatists
who used the form for aggressive and personal blame, censure or invective (yogo~), the essential mode and matter of iambic verse.