Poetry Corner: The Long March by Mao Tse Tung

The Long March by Mao Tse Tung, October 1935

Chairman Mao Tse Tung is well known as the leader of the Communist revolution in China and as a founder of the People’s Republic. Mao is less well known as an accomplished and prodigious poet.

Here we feature The Long March, written towards the end of the Long March itself, describing some of the locations passed by the Red Army.

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Mao Tse Tung, 1893 – 1976

The Red Army fears not the trials of the March,
Holding light ten thousand crags and torrents.
The Five Ridges wind like gentle ripples
And the majestic Wumeng roll by, globules of clay.
Warm the steep cliffs lapped by the waters of Golden Sand,
Cold the iron chains spanning the Tatu River.
Minshan’s thousand li of snow joyously crossed,
The three Armies march on, each face glowing.

Mao Tse Tung

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