Poetry. Poetry never changes.

What falls away is always?


Literally: not – simple / divination / change – flow – go

Alternately: One of Bashō’s principles for writing haiku: that the essence of haiku lies in both the unchanging (不易) and in that which changes with the times or situation (流行). The principle of always incorporating something new, but without forgetting the parts that do not change.

In an alternate interpretation, this compound comments on the immutable nature of change itself; the idea that change alone is constant.


About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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1 Response to Poetry. Poetry never changes.

  1. Nathan AM Smith says:

    Amazing! I love this 🙂

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