the motif of night

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Löwenfrau

Senior Member
Brazilian Portuguese
Hello!

Which of these alternatives sounds more idiomatic?

... the motif of night in the poetry of Georg Trakl
... the motif of the night...
... the night motif...

?

Can "motive" be used instead?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Please give us the complete sentence in which you plan to use the word, as well as some context.

    "Motive" and "motif" do not mean the same thing.
     

    Löwenfrau

    Senior Member
    Brazilian Portuguese
    I am using the word in the sense of "theme":

    By analysing the poems “Decline”, “Canticle to the night XII”, and “Melancholy”, we seek to explore the motif (theme) of the night in Trakl's poetry.
     
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