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Old June 3rd, 2011, 11:44 PM   #1
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anyone interested in Mao's poems?


I think you guys know which Mao I refer to...
I know you people give him many titles like dictators, buthers or revolutionist...whatever. I am really not a fan of Mao. In fact I don't know much about him. But, I really enjoy his poem.
I think maybe he is the last and greatest acient-type poet in chinese history. Is there anyone who know about or interested in his poem? Of course

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Old June 3rd, 2011, 11:49 PM   #2
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post one of his most famous piece of work,and also my favourite:
北国风光,千里冰封,万里雪飘。
望长城内外,惟余莽莽,大河上下,顿失滔滔。
山舞银蛇,原驰蜡象,欲与天公试比高。
须晴日,看银装素裹,分外妖娆。

江山如此多娇,引无数英雄竟折腰。
惜秦皇汉武,略输文采。
唐宗宋祖,稍逊风骚。
一代天骄成吉思汗,只识弯弓射大雕。
俱往矣,数风流人物,还看今朝。
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Might want to bring in an English translation before the mods ask you to
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here's english translation.

See what the northern countries show:
Hundreds of leagues ice-bound go;
Thousands of leagues flies snow.
Behold! Within and without the Great Wall The boundless land is clad in white,
And up and down the Yellow River, all The endless waves are lost to sight.
Mountains like silver serpents dancing,Highlands like waxy elephants advancing,
All try to match the sky in height.
Wait till the day is fine
And see the fair bask in sparkling sunshine,What an enchanting sight!
Our motherland so rich in beauty
Has made countless heroes vie to pay her their duty.
But alas! Qin Huang and Han Wu In culture not well bred,
And Tang Zong and Song Zu In letters not wide read.
And Genghis Khan6, proud son of Heaven for a day,
Knew only shooting eagles by bending his bows。
They have all passed away;
Brilliant heroes are those ,Whom we will see today!
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Might want to bring in an English translation before the mods ask you to
you are one step before i post it...
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He had some talent as a poet, have you ever read Cao Cao's poems?
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He had some talent as a poet, have you ever read Cao Cao's poems?
of course,
老骥伏枥,志在千里
an old horse lying in front his barn has a ambition to run a thousand kilometers.

I'm taught of this poem in my high school
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He had some talent as a poet, have you ever read Cao Cao's poems?
of course,
老骥伏枥,志在千里
an old horse lying in front his barn has a ambition to run a thousand kilometers.

I'm taught of this poem in my high school
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Though the Tortoise Lives Long

神龜雖壽,猶有竟時。
Though the tortoise blessed with magic powers lives long,
Its days have their allotted span;

騰蛇乘霧,終為土灰。
Though winged serpents ride high on the mist,
They turn to dust and ashes at the last;

老驥伏櫪,志在千里;
An old war-horse may be stabled,
Yet still it longs to gallop a thousand li;

烈士暮年,壯心不已。
And a noble-hearted man though advanced in years
Never abandons his proud aspirations.

盈縮之期,不但在天;
Man's span of life, whether long or short,
Depends not on Heaven alone;

養怡之福,可得永年。
One who eats well and keeps cheerful
Can live to a great old age.

幸甚至哉!歌以咏志。
And so, with joy in my heart,
I hum this song.

-Cáo Cāo

That's my favourite of his.
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Though the Tortoise Lives Long

神龜雖壽,猶有竟時。
Though the tortoise blessed with magic powers lives long,
Its days have their allotted span;

騰蛇乘霧,終為土灰。
Though winged serpents ride high on the mist,
They turn to dust and ashes at the last;

老驥伏櫪,志在千里;
An old war-horse may be stabled,
Yet still it longs to gallop a thousand li;

烈士暮年,壯心不已。
And a noble-hearted man though advanced in years
Never abandons his proud aspirations.

盈縮之期,不但在天;
Man's span of life, whether long or short,
Depends not on Heaven alone;

養怡之福,可得永年。
One who eats well and keeps cheerful
Can live to a great old age.

幸甚至哉!歌以咏志。
And so, with joy in my heart,
I hum this song.

-Cáo Cāo

That's my favourite of his.

I think that the Chinese poems translated into English is the most difficult, from your reply, I learned a lot
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