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Ubi Sunt

Ubi Sunt (OO-bee SOONT)

    A literary motif of transformation that runs through a poem or a story.

    Focuses on the transitory nature of things such as life, beauty, youth, etc.

    For example, the way we grow and change as we age.

   The ubi sunt motif was popular in medieval poetry (see Villon’s “Des Dames du Temps Jadis”)