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The Poems of Mao Zedong

Zedong Mao (Author), Willis Barnstone (Translator), Willis Barnstone (Introduction)


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ISBN: 9780520935006

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Mao Zedong, leader of the revolution and absolute chairman of the People's Republic of China, was also a calligrapher and a poet of extraordinary grace and eloquent simplicity. The poems in this beautiful edition (from the 1963 Beijing edition), translated and introduced by Willis Barnstone, are expressions of decades of struggle, the painful loss of his first wife, his hope for a new China, and his ultimate victory over the Nationalist forces. Willis Barnstone's introduction, his short biography of Mao and brief history of the revolution, and his notes on Chinese versification all combine to enrich the Western reader's understanding of Mao's poetry.

Mao's Life and the Revolution
About the Poems
Notes on the Introduction

Tower of the Yellow Crane
Chingkang Mountain
Ninth Day of the Ninth Moon
New Year's Day
On the Road to Chian
Tingchow to Changsha
First Siege
Second Siege
Region of the Great Pines
Loushan Pass
Three Songs
The Long March
Kunlun Mountain
Liupan the Mountain of Six Circles
Capture of Nanking
Poem for Liu Ya-tzu (1949)
Poem for Liu Ya-tzu (1950)
The Gods
Saying Good-bye to the God of Disease (1)
Saying Good-bye to the God of Disease (2)
Return to Shaoshun
Climbing Lushan
Militia Women
To a Friend
Written on a Photograph of the Cave of the Gods
To Kuo Mo-jo (1961)
In Praise of the Winter Plum Blossom
Winter Clouds
To Kuo Mo-jo (1963)
Notes on the Poems

The Translation
Chinese Versification
Mao's Calligraphy
Mao Zedong was born in Hunan Province in 1893, son of an impoverished peasant. In October 1949, he founded the People's Republic of China, which he led until his death in 1976. Willis Barnstone is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, the author of many books, and a noted translator.
“Barnstone is the most fitting American to bring Mao’s work to Americans now. . . . He has a keen poetic imagination. . . . The Beatles rightly warned us in the 1960s against the hagiography of Mao, but I’d like to think that they’d want us to read him now. They might even wave Barnstone’s compact, handsome volume above their heads. It’s that good!”—Monthly Review

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