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My Lost Youth —by Longfellow poetry appreciation [Copy link] 中文

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My Lost Youth

—by Longfellow


Often I think of the beautiful town

That is seated by the sea;

Often in thought go up and down

The pleasant streets of that dear old town,

And my youth comes back to me.

And a verse of a Lapland song

Is haunting my memory still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”



I can see the shadowy lines of its trees,

And catch, in sudden gleams,

The sheen of the far-surrounding seas,

And islands that were the Hesperides

Of all my boyish dreams.

And the burden of that old song,

It murmurs and whispers still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”



I remember the black wharves and slips,

And the sea-tides tossing free;

And Spanish sailors with bearded lips,

And the beauty and mystery of the ships,

And the magic of the sea.

And the voice of that wayward song

Is singing and saying still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”



I remember the bulwarks by the shore,

And the fort upon the hill;

The sunrise gun, with its hollow roar,

The drum-beat repeated o’er and o’er,

And the bugle wild and shrill.

And the music of that old song

Throbs in my memery still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”



I remember the sea-fight far away,

How it thundered o’er the tide!

And the dead captains, as they lay

In their graves, o’erlooking the tranquil bay

Where they in battle died.

And the sound of that mournful song

Goes through me with a thrill:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”



I can see the breezy dome of groves,

The shadows of Deering’s Woods;

And the friendships old and the early loves

Comes back with a Sabbath sound, as of doves

In quiet neighborhoods.

And the verse of that sweet old song,

It flutters and murmurs still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”



I remember the gleams and glooms that dart

Across the school-boy’s brain;

The song and the silence in the heart,

That in part are prophecies, and in part

Are longs wild and vain.

And the voice of that fitful song

Sings on, and is never still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”



There are things of which I may not speak;

There are dreams that can not die;

There are thoughts that make the strong heart weak,

And bring a pallor into the cheek,

And a mist before the eye.

And the words of that fatal song

Comes over me like a chill:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”



Strange to me now are the forms I meet

When I visit the dear old town;

But the native air is pure and sweet,

And the trees that o’ershadow each well-known street,

As they balance up and down,

Are singing the beautiful song,

Are sighing and whispering still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”




And the Deering’s Woods are fresh and fair,

And with joy that is almost pain

My heart goes back to wander there,

And among the dreams of the days that were,

I find my lost youth again.

And the strange and beautiful song,

The groves are repeating it still:

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,

And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”

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Post time 2013-11-24 09:17:35 |Display all floors
This post was edited by liu5222512 at 2014-6-28 08:28

逝去的青春

——朗费罗著,郁郁译

我常常忆起

那个坐落在海边的美丽小镇

在悠然神往中

徜徉于古老的街道上

我仿佛,回到了过去

伴着令人难忘的拉普兰的歌谣

轻轻地唱:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长

我看见一排排树的影子

和波光闪闪中

远处海的环绕

以及,像金苹果园的岛屿

充满我所有孩子气的幻想

还有,那首古老的民歌

依旧喃喃唱着:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长

我想起黑色的飞轮滑翔

自由地随波逐浪

我想起大胡子的西班牙水手

以及船,美丽而神奇

我想起神秘的大海

掀起浪花朵朵

它们一直在传唱:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长

我想起岸上的

和山顶的堡垒

我想起清晨的炮声

以及迭迭的鼓点

响彻空谷

以及,在军号的嘹亮声中

有古老的旋律

在我的记忆中回荡:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长

我想起那次久远的海战

它在浪潮中发出怎样的雷鸣!

死去的船长,已经安息

但他们仍然注视着

宁静的海湾

那是他们战死的地方

哀乐响起

我在激动中缅怀:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长

我看见微风拂过树梢

狄岭的树影婆娑

旧日的友谊,年少的恋情

归于沉淀,像鸽子

飞入安静的邻居家中

而那首甜蜜的古老歌谣

依然在低低传唱:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长

我想起飞逝的黑暗

在那个男学生的脑海中闪现

心中有歌,想唱,却又沉默

一部分是预言,一部分是

长久的茫然和空虚

而,那断断续续的歌声

还一直响起:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长

有些事,我说不清楚

有些梦,永不止歇

有些思想,让坚强的心灵变得柔软

让脸颊变得苍白

让双眼蒙上了雾

而那歌里的话

像透骨的冰凉

深深打动我的心:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长  

然而,

当我再见它们时却已陌生

我回去了那座古老的小镇

空气变得清新

那些曾经熟悉的街道

已是绿树成荫

它们随风摇曳

低低唱着那

美丽的歌谣:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长

狄岭的森林郁郁葱葱

带着似是痛苦的快乐

我的心在这里徘徊

在往日的旧梦中,

我重新回到了过去

而那些陌生的小树

还在唱着美丽的歌谣:

孩子的愿望是风的愿望,

青春的怀想,很长,很长

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This post was edited by liu5222512 at 2014-6-28 08:40

Analysis

The poet recalls his boyhood in Portland in the poem,which reveals the theme of private boyhood dream.

It is that time in youth when flights of imagination are most prevalent.

‘A boy’s will is the wind’s will,And the thoughts of youth are long,long thought’

The two lines are repeated in each stanza in a way which is in line with its content and mood.

The two lines capture both the nostalgia and the idea of errant youth.The wind can not be restrained in its sudden shifts-shifts that have no discernable cause;the wind is varied and far-ranging.Similarly,the boy’s desires and thoughts shirt about in an uncontrolled way.

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Post time 2013-11-24 22:58:05 |Display all floors
Thanks for sharing. {:soso_e160:}

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Post time 2014-7-30 22:57:07 |Display all floors
全诗共有十节,每节有九行,诗歌押韵工整,韵式为abaa bcdde.

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