The term ‘aphorism” comes from the Greek “Aphorismos”. Hippocrates is the first one known to use it-as the title of a book containing brief sketches of medical conditions and remedies. Over time the definition of aphorisms has evolved to its current one: a statement containing a general truth. I happen to believe though, that what we call aphorisms today are the earliest form of poetry. I cannot imagine longer poems with complex connected ideas evolving without a period where local...


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