2014.09.27【英译中】戏剧

发表于:2014-09-27 15:23 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

Opera

戏剧

Opera is expensive: that much is inevitable. 

观赏戏剧是种奢侈的享受,我们必须支付昂贵的门票。


But expensive things are not inevitably the province of the rich unless we abdicate society's power of choice.

除非我们(如果我们不)放弃社会赋予我们的选择权,昂贵的东西(就)并非专属于富人。


We can choose to make opera, and other expensive forms of culture, accessible to those who cannot individually pay for it.

只要我们愿意,我们可以让那些个人无力支付得起的普通民众接触到戏剧还有其他高消费的文化形式。


The question is: why should we?

不过问题是,我们为什么要这样做?


Nobody denies the imperatives of food, shelter, defence, health and education. 

每个人都希望吃得好,住得好,安全和健康有保障,以及接受良好的教育。


But even in a prehistoric cave, mankind stretched out a hand not just to eat, drink or fight, but also to draw.

即使在史前洞穴里,人类伸出手来也不仅仅是为了进食或御敌,也会画画进行创作。


The impulse towards culture, the desire to express and explore the world through imagination and representation is fundamental.

人类天生就向往文化,渴望通过想象和绘画等方式来表达和探索这个世界。


In Europe, this desire has found fulfillment in the masterpieces of our music, art, literature and theatre.

在欧洲,这种渴望通过音乐,艺术,文学和戏剧(作品)得到了体现。


These masterpieces are the touchstones for all our efforts; they are the touchstones for the possibilities to which human thought and imagination may aspire; they carry the most profound messages that can be sent from one human to another.

这些杰作是我们所付出的努力的试金石,可以衡量人类的思维和想象所能企及的高度。它们所承载的文化内涵博大精深,源远流长



上课时老师布置的一篇课堂作业,当场自己翻译得太渣,Polish了一下才搬上来...


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