Motifs



[moh-teef] /moʊˈtif/

noun
1.
a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work.
2.
a distinctive and recurring form, shape, figure, etc., in a design, as in a painting or on wallpaper.
3.
a dominant idea or feature:
the profit motif of free enterprise.
/məʊˈtiːf/
noun
1.
a distinctive idea, esp a theme elaborated on in a piece of music, literature, etc
2.
Also motive. a recurring form or shape in a design or pattern
3.
a single added piece of decoration, such as a symbol or name on a jumper, sweatshirt, etc
n.

“theme, predominant feature,” 1848, from French motif “dominant idea, theme” (see motive).
motif [(moh-teef)]

In literature, art, or music, a recurring set of words, shapes, colors, or notes. In the poem “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe, for example, the word nevermore is a motif appearing at the end of each stanza. Likewise, the first four notes of the Fifth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven are a motif that is developed and reshaped throughout the work.

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