Ishigaki Rin’s poem “Gake (Cliff)” in translation:

Rin, Ishigaki. “Cliff.” Ed. Makoto Ooka and Shuntaro Tanikawa. Modern Japanese Poetry: One Hundred Years (n.d.): n. pag. Cirje: Centre of International Research on the Japanese Economy. Web.

The focus of May 2021 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #3 RLE is labels and this poem is a good match. Consider all of the ways that labels are applied to types of art, types of artistic technique, to events in history, and see how these apply to this poem.

A number of these labels are shortcuts to understanding the poem but it some ways they simplify it and reduce its complexity.