諾貝爾文學獎

March 19, 2021

這兩天華爾街日報在鼓吹推蔫已經九十一歲的美國作曲家及寫詞家 Stephen Sondheim  競逐諾貝爾文學獎, Sodheim 寫過不少音樂劇, 最有名的是 West Side Story.

2016 年的諾貝爾文學獎頒給美國民謡歌手 Dob Dylan, 我寫了一篇文章如下:

2016 年的諾貝爾文學獎頒給美國民謡歌手 Dob Dylan, 主事的瑞典學院 Swedish Academy 稱 Dylan (中譯 - 狄倫) 的歌 "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” (創造了美國歌謡傳統裏新起的詩式表達), 頒文學獎給一個歌手也是諾貝爾獎的新奇突破, 各界反應不一, 褒貶皆有, 讚揚者稱將歌謠視為文學就如新起的彩虹, 振奮人心, 令人耳目一新, 貶抑者則認為這就像 Mrs. Field Cookies 得到米其林三星, 有些荒唐.

Dylan 的反戰歌曲 Blowin’ in the Wind 隨風漂浮, 我給了個歌名 - 天問 , 並將歌詞翻譯如下, 是有些"文學"的味道.

How many roads must a man walk down 苦行幾何

Before you call him a man? 方稱好漢?

How many seas must a white dove sail 跨海幾何

Before she sleeps in the sand? 白鷗能休?

Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly 巨炮轟隆

Before they're forever banned? 何時方歇?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind 隨風漂浮

The answer is blowin' in the wind 天問啾啾!

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist 峻嶺矗立

Before it's washed to the sea? 終於海沉?

Yes, and how many years can some people exist 你我桎梏

Before they're allowed to be free? 何時得丟?

Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head 視若無睹

And pretend that he just doesn't see? 心中何思?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind 隨風漂浮

The answer is blowin' in the wind 天問啾啾!

Yes, and how many times must a man look up 仰天長視

Before he can see the sky? 天為何物?

Yes, and how many ears must one man have 有耳當聽

Before he can hear people cry? 聾而不入?

Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'till he knows 遍地屍堆

That too many people have died? 亡者堪數?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind 隨風漂浮

The answer is blowin' in the wind 天問啾啾!




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