[ noun ] the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
"he didn't want to discuss that subject" "it was a very sensitive topic" "his letters were always on the theme of love"
Used in print("Editorials"...)
In all the bitter in-fighting , the squabbles over election procedures , the complicated numbers_game that East and West played on the assistant secretaries ' theme , the gentleman from Burma showed himself both as a man of principle and a skilled diplomat .(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
In a certain perfectly definite way , the method and the theme of his stories are one_and_the_same .
In method as_well_as in theme this little anecdote with its details selected as much for expressiveness and allegory as for `` realism '' , anticipates a kind of musical_composition , as_well as a kind of fictional composition , in which , as Leverku^hn says , `` there shall be nothing unthematic '' .(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)
She wrote again and now , abandoning for_the_moment the theme of love , she asked for help in the matter of her career .
[ noun ] (fine art,writing) a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
"it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
Used in print(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)
Almost nothing is said of Charles ' spectacular victories , the central theme being the heroic loyalty of the Swedish people to their idolized king in misfortune and defeat .(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)
Frequently enough , the police are themselves in_league_with the killer ; Dashiell_Hammett 's Red_Harvest provides a classic example of_this theme .
The first of two possible variations on this theme is symbolized by Mickey_Spillane 's Mike_Hammer .(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)
An idea , let us say , may be roughly defined as a theme or topic with which our reflection may be concerned .
Again , he may discover embodied within its texture a theme or idea that has been presented elsewhere and at other times in various ways .
[ verb ] provide with a particular theme or motive
"the restaurant often themes its menus"