An epigraph is a phrase, quotation, or poem set at the beginning of the book. An epigraph typically refers to the coming text in some way—whether as a preface, summary, or link to other literary works. Often, the function of the epigraph is to whet the appetite for what is to come, invite comparison to other texts in the literary canon or highlight a crucial theme. When selecting an epigraph, you will want to be sure you are not violating any copyrights because of its use. Again, we recommend using the same margins, line spacing, and fonts as found throughout the book. While there are no set formatting rules, epigraphs are often italicized or encased by quotes.