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POEMS by MAO ZEDONG (Chairman MAO) CHANGSHA – English Text

 

 

 

The poet Mao Zedong

(Mao Tse-Tung – Chairman Mao)

 

 

 

A controversial figure, Mao Zedong is regarded as one of the most important and influential individuals in modern world history.  Mao Zedong is also known as a political intellect, theorist, military strategist, poet, and visionary.

Mao Zedong was a prolific writer of political and philosophical literature. Mao Zedong is the attributed author of Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, known in the West as the “Little Red Book” and in Cultural Revolution China as the “Red Treasure Book” (紅寶書): first published in January 1964, this is a collection of short extracts from his many speeches and articles, edited by Lin Biao and ordered topically.  Mao Tse-tung wrote several other philosophical treatises, both before and after he assumed power.

Mao Zedong published poems in classical forms starting in his youth and his abilities as a poet contributed to his image in China after he came to power in 1949. His style was influenced by the great Tang dynasty poets Li Bai and Li He. Some of his most well-known poems are Changsha (1925), The Double Ninth (1929), Loushan Pass (1935), The Long March (1935), Snow (1936), The PLA Captures Nanjing (1949), Reply to Li Shuyi (1957) and Ode to the Plum Blossom.

 

 

Mao Zedong
(Mao Tse-Tung – Chairman Mao)

 

Changsha
(Poem)

 

 

Alone I stand in the autumn cold

On the tip of Orange Island,

The Hsiang flowing northward;

 

I see a thousand hills crimsoned through

By their serried woods deep-dyed,

And a hundred barges vying

Over crystal blue waters.

 

Eagles cleave the air,

Fish glide in the limpid deep;

Under freezing skies a million creatures contend in freedom.

 

 

Brooding over this immensity,

I ask, on this boundless land

Who rules over man’s destiny?

 

I was here with a throng of companions,

Vivid yet those crowded months and years.

 

Young we were, schoolmates,

At life’s full flowering;

 

Filled with student enthusiasm

Boldly we cast all restraints aside.

Pointing to our mountains and rivers,

Setting people afire with our words,

We counted the mighty no more than muck.

 

 

Remember still

How, venturing midstream, we struck the waters

And waves stayed the speeding boats?

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Mao Zedong

 

 

Mao Zedong

(Mao Tse-Tung)

 

 

Mao Zedong (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976), commonly known as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, which he ruled as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. His theories, military strategies, and political policies are collectively known as Maoism. (from: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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