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◎ [英] 阿米蒂奇《你美丽》 (阅读2671次)



    你美丽
        [英] 赛门- 阿米蒂奇

你美丽,因为你接受的是古典熏陶;
我丑陋,因为我看到钢琴弦就想到人被勒死。

你美丽,因为你会停在阅报栏前看走失的猫狗卡片;
我丑陋,因为我用棒棒糖的小棍子和大石头逗弄水母。

你美丽,因为对你而言,礼貌出自本能,而非一种促销运作;
我丑陋,因为绝望无法掩饰。

   丑陋如男人,
   美丽属于女人,
   美丽如爱神维纳斯,
   丑陋属于男人,
   美丽如女人,
   丑陋如战神马尔斯。

你美丽,因为你相信巧合以及思想的力量;
我丑陋,因为我从数学上证明了上帝不可能存在。

你美丽,因为你更爱自家做的汤,不喜欢打包食物;
我丑陋,因为我曾有一次参加晚宴甚至没有喝醉就为贵族方式辩护。

你美丽,因为你不会摆弄遥控器;
我丑陋,因为卫星电视和二十四小时的滚动新闻。

   丑陋如男人,
   美丽属于女人,
   美丽如爱神维纳斯,
   丑陋属于男人,
   美丽如女人,
   丑陋如战神马尔斯。

你美丽,因为你在婚礼和葬礼上都会哭泣;
我丑陋,因为我认为孩子们是来自另一世界来的另一物种。

你美丽,因为你穿什么颜色都很好看,包括红色。
我丑陋,因为我认为购物仅仅是为了获得所需的实物产品。

你美丽,因为你出生时,无人识得的行星列队从你的摇篮边偷窥,在你小巧的脚旁留下
庄重而明亮的礼物;
我丑陋,因为我说“一见钟情”只是另一种形式的自我误认,还说所有交流中幸灾乐祸
最体现人性。

   丑陋如男人,
   美丽属于女人,
   美丽如爱神维纳斯,
   丑陋属于男人,
   美丽如女人,
   丑陋如战神马尔斯。

你美丽,因为你从未看到过洗车站的内部;
我丑陋,因为我总是索要收据。

你美丽,因为你会给第三世界邮寄一盒鞋子;
我丑陋,因为我记得所有前女友的电话号码以及舒伯特出生的年份。

你美丽,因为你助养动物园里的鹦鹉;
我丑陋,因为我叹气就像马戏团的帐篷慢慢塌陷。

   丑陋如男人,
   美丽属于女人,
   美丽如爱神维纳斯,
   丑陋属于男人,
   美丽如女人,
   丑陋如战神马尔斯。

你美丽,因为你能指着一个穿制服的男人大笑;
我丑陋,因为我在前生是个向警方告密的小人。

你美丽,因为你每天喝一升清水,吃三份水果;
我丑陋,因为我相信没有肉的餐食犹如一个美丽的女子缺少一只眼睛。

你美丽,因为你不认为爱情是一场竞争,而你知道如何放弃;
我丑陋,因为我亲吻了足总杯后还要向人群展示。

你美丽,因为你开衫最上面的纽扣眼插着一支孤挺花;
我丑陋,因为我说世界头号壮女人就是一个穿裙子的肌肉男。

你美丽,因为你无法在一座灯塔里生活;
我丑陋,因为我会在大灯泡前玩手影,令人们抬头,于是悲伤的船长们看到兔子的耳朵、
狐狸的眼睛、一匹黑马的腿在奔跑。

   丑陋如男人,
   美丽属于女人,
   美丽如爱神维纳斯,
   丑陋属于男人,
   美丽如女人,
   丑陋如战神马尔斯。

   丑陋如男人,
   美丽属于女人,
   美丽如爱神维纳斯,
   丑陋属于男人,
   美丽如女人,
   丑陋如战神马尔斯。

    You're Beautiful
            Simon Armitage
You're beautiful because you’re classically trained.
I'm ugly because I associate piano wire with strangulation.

You're beautiful because you stop to read the cards in newsagents' windows
about lost cats and missing dogs.
I'm ugly because of what I did to that jellyfish with a lolly-stick and a big stone.

You're beautiful because for you, politeness is instinctive, not a marketing campaign,
I'm ugly because desperation is impossible to hide.

   Ugly like he is,
   Beautiful like hers,
   Beautiful like Venus,
   Ugly like his,
   Beautiful like she is,
   Ugly like Mars.

You're beautiful because you believe in coincidence and the power of thought.
I'm ugly because I proved God to be a mathematical impossibility.

You're beautiful because you prefer home-made soup to the packet stuff.
I'm ugly because once, at a dinner party, I defended the aristocracy and
wasn't even drunk.

You're beautiful because you can't work the remote control.
I'm ugly because of satellite television and twenty-four hour rolling news.

   Ugly like he is,
   Beautiful like hers,
   Beautiful like Venus,
   Ugly like his,
   Beautiful like she is,
   Ugly like Mars.

You're beautiful because you cry at weddings as well as funerals.
I'm ugly because I think of children as another species from a different world.

You're beautiful because you look great in any colour including red.
I'm ugly because I think shopping is strictly for the acquisition of material goods.

You're beautiful because when you were born, undiscovered planets lined up to
peep over the rim of your cradle and lay gifts of gravity and light at your miniature feet.
I'm ugly for saying "love at first sight" is another form of mistaken identity
and that the most human of all responses is to gloat.

   Ugly like he is,
   Beautiful like hers,
   Beautiful like Venus,
   Ugly like his,
   Beautiful like she is,
   Ugly like Mars.

You're beautiful because you've never seen the inside of a car-wash,
I'm ugly because I always ask for a receipt.

You're beautiful for sending a box of shoes to the third world.
I'm ugly because I remember the telephone numbers of ex-girlfriends and the year
Schubert was born.

You're beautiful because you sponsored a parrot in a zoo.
I'm ugly because when I sigh it's like the slow collapse of a circus tent.

   Ugly like he is,
   Beautiful like hers,
   Beautiful like Venus,
   Ugly like his,
   Beautiful like she is,
   Ugly like Mars.

You're beautiful because you can point at a man in a uniform and laugh.
I'm ugly because I was a police informer in a previous life.

You're beautiful because you drink a litre of water and eat three pieces
of fruit a day.
I'm ugly for taking the line that a meal without meat is a beautiful woman
with one eye.

You're beautiful because you don’t see love as a competition and you know how to lose.
I'm ugly because I kissed the FA Cup then held it up to the crowd.

You're beautiful because of a single buttercup in the top buttonhole of your cardigan.
I'm ugly because I said the World's Strongest Woman was a muscleman in a dress.
  
You're beautiful because you couldn't live in a lighthouse.
I'm ugly for making hand-shadows in front of the giant bulb, so when they
look up, the captains of vessels in distress see the ears of a rabbit, or the
eye of a fox, or the legs of a galloping black horse.

   Ugly like he is,
   Beautiful like hers,
   Beautiful like Venus,
   Ugly like his,
   Beautiful like she is,
   Ugly like Mars.

   Ugly like he is,
   Beautiful like hers,
   Beautiful like Venus,
   Ugly like his,
   Beautiful like she is,
   Ugly like Mars.



  前几天还和一个朋友提到这个诗人,多产、多面手,生于1963年,当代英国诗坛很有
影响的人物,据说很可能成为下一位桂冠诗人呢。大概是四、五年前读了他几本诗集,但
从未翻译过他。
  有可能的话,一定要听听诗人带着英国中北部约克郡口音的朗读(那儿也是勃朗特姐
妹的家乡,可以想象一下她们世界中的男人有怎样的口音),他的声音、呼吸、节奏和情
感的控制都令人着迷,是我听过的最好听的朗诵之一,难怪他一直为自己没当成歌星而耿
耿于怀。这首诗的翻译也放了较久了,我主要琢磨的就是如何再现那种可诵的节奏与语音,
因此我得自己朗读我的译文,体会一下效果。原文朗诵的链接:
  http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoem.do?poemId=90


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