Change Along with Times
The term suggests that literary creation is affected by changes of the times. Author and literary scholar Liu Xie who used this term pointed out that literary creation is not an isolated phenomenon. Rather, it is affected by numerous historical factors, such as the prevailing social and political conditions, the personal preferences of rulers, as well as intellectual trends.
Thus we know that songs and literary style change with the times, just like when the wind blows, waves are stirred up in the water. (Liu Xie: The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons)
Literary changes are affected by the ways of the world. A literary style’s rise and decline in popularity is caused by changes of the time. (Liu Xie: The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons)