The Poems of Mao Zedong: Translations, Introduction, and Notes by Willis Barnstone

The Poems of Mao Zedong: Translations, Introduction, and Notes by Willis Barnstone


By (author) Mao Zedong, Introduction by Willis Barnstone, Translated by Willis Barnstone, Translated by Ching-Po Ko

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 194mm x 16mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520261623
  • ISBN 13: 9780520261624
  • Illustrations note: 46 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,361,466

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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.

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Author information

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.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments PART I: INTRODUCTION Mao's Life and the Revolution About the Poems Notes on the Introduction PART II: THE POEMS Changsha Tower of the Yellow Crane Chingkang Mountain Warlords 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 Huichang Loushan Pass Three Songs The Long March Kunlun Mountain Liupan the Mountain of Six Circles Snow Capture of Nanking Poem for Liu Ya-tzu (1949) Poem for Liu Ya-tzu (1950) Peitaho Swimming 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 PART III: APPENDIXES The Translation Chinese Versification Mao's Calligraphy