What does the phrase "known no change" mean?

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If you say that someone or something has “known no change,” it means that nothing has ever changed for them. Things have simply stayed the same over time. If a town has “known no change,” we would think that all the same buildings are still there and the same kinds of families have lived there generation after generation. This is a very settled existence, though it may not be very exciting and it may not include any progress. For an example of what this means, let us look at the poem “There Was an Indian,” by Sir John Squire. This poem starts There was an Indian, who had known no change, Who strayed content along a sunlit beach Gathering shells. This poem is saying that the world of the Indian has never changed. It is about to change, because the poem is about Columbus’s ships coming to the New World and disrupting the Indians’ lives. However, up to this point, the Indians have had a society that has not changed for a long time. The poet is portraying them as people who did not progress and change. The phrase “known no change,” then, means that someone or something has had their lives remain the same for a long time.

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