An Essay on True Words (Makoto)
This chapter presents a discourse on the way of poetry (kado). It argues that the action that succeeds in not coming out as a prejudiced action is the action of a person who follows the way of poetry, which is grounded in the way of the Gods (Shinto). In addition, the chapter also identifies the difference between common language and poetic language. In the past, the language used in poetry and in speech was the same. There was no particular reason for composing poetry—originally, poetry was a meaningless action. But because it is not the purpose of poetry to make people communicate, not only is it harmless, but it is actually the harbinger of good fortune, since it is an action that puts the self within proper timing.
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