The Poem of Mulan《木蘭詩》

Any poetry lovers on Skritter?

This week in my Chinese class my teacher and I discussed the recent release of Disney’s live-action Mulan movie, and some critiques and criticism of the film. After that, we spent the major of the lesson time exploring a Chinese poem called:《木蘭詩》(also called 《木蘭辭》), which is a narrative-style poem about the legend of Mulan and I thought I would share it here.

This poem is not an easy read without some background and understanding of the historical setting, and key words/phrase, so if you’re thinking about sinking in some time learning it I would recommend at least checking out the wiki article or going extra deep on 讀古詩詞網. Both sites support simp/trad versions depending on your preference.

Anyway, hope you’re all enjoying your weekend, and here is the full peom for anyone interested in checking it out!

《木蘭辭》作者:佚名

唧唧復唧唧,木蘭當戶織,不聞機杼聲,惟聞女嘆息。
問女何所思?問女何所憶?女亦無所思,女亦無所憶。
昨夜見軍帖,可汗大點兵;軍書十二卷,卷卷有爺名。
阿爺無大兒,木蘭無長兄,願為市鞍馬,從此替爺征。

東市買駿馬,西市買鞍韉,南市買轡頭,北市買長鞭。
旦辭爺孃去,暮宿黃河邊,不聞爺孃喚女聲,但聞黃河流水鳴濺濺。
旦辭黃河去,暮宿黑山頭,不聞爺孃喚女聲,但聞燕山胡騎鳴啾啾。

萬里赴戎機,關山度若飛,
朔氣傳金柝,寒光照鐵衣。
將軍百戰死,壯士十年歸。
歸來見天子,天子坐明堂,策勳十二轉,賞賜百千強。
可汗問所欲,木蘭不用尚書郎,願借明駝千里足,送兒還故鄉。

爺孃聞女來,出郭相扶將;阿姊聞妹來,當戶理紅妝;
小弟聞姊來,磨刀霍霍向豬羊。
開我東閣門,坐我西閣床;脫我戰時袍,著我舊時裳;
當窗理雲鬢,對鏡貼花黃。出門看夥伴,夥伴皆驚惶:
同行十二年,不知木蘭是女郎。
雄兔腳撲朔,雌兔眼迷離,兩兔傍地走,安能辨我是雄雌?

《木兰辞》作者:佚名

唧唧复唧唧,木兰当户织,不闻机杼声,惟闻女叹息。
问女何所思?问女何所忆?女亦无所思,女亦无所忆。
昨夜见军帖,可汗大点兵;军书十二卷,卷卷有爷名。
阿爷无大儿,木兰无长兄,愿为市鞍马,从此替爷征。

东市买骏马,西市买鞍鞯,南市买辔头,北市买长鞭。
旦辞爷娘去,暮宿黄河边,不闻爷娘唤女声,但闻黄河流水鸣溅溅。
旦辞黄河去,暮宿黑山头,不闻爷娘唤女声,但闻燕山胡骑鸣啾啾。

万里赴戎机,关山度若飞,
朔气传金柝,寒光照铁衣。
将军百战死,壮士十年归。
归来见天子,天子坐明堂,策勋十二转,赏赐百千强。
可汗问所欲,木兰不用尚书郎,愿借明驼千里足,送儿还故乡。

爷娘闻女来,出郭相扶将;阿姊闻妹来,当户理红妆;
小弟闻姊来,磨刀霍霍向猪羊。
开我东阁门,坐我西阁床;脱我战时袍,着我旧时裳;
当窗理云鬓,对镜贴花黄。出门看伙伴,伙伴皆惊惶:
同行十二年,不知木兰是女郎。
雄兔脚扑朔,雌兔眼迷离,两兔傍地走,安能辨我是雄雌?

Anyone interested in a study deck on Skritter if I make it? Let me know and I’ll share it once it’s done!