《月亮上的小丑》迪倫·托馬斯

我的眼淚安靜地漂浮
像不可思議的玫瑰花瓣
而我所有的悲愁都流淌而下
從被遺忘的天空和雪的裂縫

我想,如果我去觸碰地球,
它會碎裂;
它是如此悲傷而美麗,
顫抖得恍如一個夢

分析

這首詩圍繞著一個小丑也就是敘述者,被困在月球上感到寂寞卻無法回家的故事。我認為這首詩的主題是“無知就是幸福”。如果所有人都面對現實——那些代表快樂的小丑很諷刺地可以很悲傷,人們會失去希望,社會就會“崩潰”。跟在夢裡一樣,現實往往可以取代快樂並將其摧毀。這首詩的深層含義是無論你多努力想忘掉你的過去,它都會在那裡困擾著你;如果你試圖去壓抑記憶,你只會讓記憶在生活裡更加無孔不入。

在“安靜地漂流”的是他雨水般的眼淚。他用“被遺忘的天空和雪”代替被遺忘的歲月。此外,他還說“如果我去觸碰地球”,意味著他沒有真正觸碰到地球。我想,人們在看著月球時,可以看到任何自己想看到的東西,但在現實中月亮永遠無法觸碰到地球。正如文中指出,小丑不僅代表著幸福,還是一張名為快樂的彩繪面具,用來隱藏因往日回憶而悲傷的心。就像在暗示哪怕在現實中過著正常的生活,他也不想忘記回憶。也許他也疑惑這樣的自己是不是傻瓜,然而現實的一切都很快會成為過去的悲傷回憶;這又彷彿這些都是真的,然後到了只剩下回憶的時候,我們卻愚蠢地相信可以永恆。但生命就像夢一樣在記憶中轉瞬而逝。

作者還在這首詩的開頭寫了一個比喻:“我的眼淚安靜地漂浮。”在我看來,這代表了敘述者的眼淚是微妙而溫柔的。“像一些不可思議的玫瑰花瓣”,這句則意味著敘述者的哭泣非常罕見,他似乎很沮喪和孤獨。詩中另一個比喻在最後:“像夢一樣顫抖。”這句話描述了小丑的恐懼和他從恐懼聯想到夢。這首詩以比喻開頭和結束,有著某種平行結構,十分有趣。此外,這首詩的押韻非常有效地傳達了作品的信息。


Clown In The Moon – Dylan Thomas

My tears are like the quiet drift
Of petals from some magic rose;
And all my grief flows from the rift
Of unremembered skies and snows.

I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.


Analysis

The poem revolves around a clown who is stuck on the moon and feels lonely but cannot make his way home to earth, the clown is also the narrator of the poem. I think the underlying theme of the poem is “ignorance is bliss”. If all people face the reality that clowns which represent happiness can ironically be sad, it would leave the people hopeless and society would “crumble”. Just like a dream, reality can take over and destroy happiness. The deeper meaning of this poem is you can try as hard as possible to forget your past but it will always be there to haunt you and by suppressing your memories you’re only making them more relate-able to your life. 

His tears are the rain that fall in a “quiet drift” and there are, “unremembered skies and snows” instead the unremembered years.  Also, he says, “If I touched the earth.”  This must mean on a literal level that he has not touched the earth. I suppose one can see anything one likes in the moon. The moon can never in reality touch the earth. The clown not only represents happiness, but as pointed out is a painted mask for happiness that hides a saddened heart from memories of the past. It is as if he does not want to forget them even as he lives a normal life in reality. Perhaps he is wondering if he is a fool living this way. And that all of life in reality will soon be a past sad memory. It is as if all that is real and that one is left with his memory and that we are fools to believe life lasts forever. It passes quickly like a dream and into memory. 

The writer also puts a simile at the beginning of the poem where it says: “My tears are like quiet drift.” The meaning of the simile in my opinion is that the tears of the narrator are subtle and gentle. “If petals from some magic rose” this passage is referring to rareness of the character tearing up. The narrator seems depressed and isolated in this poem. Another simile used in this poem is at the end of the piece, where it says: “So tremulously like a dream.” The quote is describing the fear that the clown has and is relating this fear to a dream. It is an interesting pattern that the poem begins with a simile and ends with a simile, a parallel structure of sorts. Also, the rhyme scheme for this poem works really well, in conveying the message of the piece. 

Source: https://dylanthomaspoetry.weebly.com/poetry.html


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