Foreign News: New Poet

After the carnage of battle or in the ruins of a captured city, long-faced, scholarly Communist General Chen Yi liked to compose poetry.

Once, 14 years ago, Chen wrote a poem which he thought would be his last. It was at night, deep in the Fukien mountains. Chen had been wounded; his troops were starving; he was surrounded by Nationalists. He saw no way out but suicide. Wrote the despairing general:

Now I am going to hell to assemble my former troops,

One hundred thousand strong . . .

All of you who die after me must struggle on;

Let the communiqués of your victories


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