||A text of mourning
||Any verse text as much concerned with the communication a sentiment as with the telling of a story
|ubi sunt [qui ante fuerunt]
||“Where are they [who came before]?”: a transience topos found widely in medieval literature. In Old English, it is found both in elegy and in homilies.
|Voyage of life
||The representation of life through the image of a sea voyage. In a Christian context, this evokes the understanding that life is uncomfortable and dangerous but has a well-defined destination in a safe harbour.
||A convention in Old Norse eddic literature in which two individuals duel each other by means of riddles or questions about the truths of the universe