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He emerged, all of a sudden, in 1957: the most explosive new poetic talent of the English post-war era. Poetry specialised, at that moment, in the wry chronicling of the everyday. The poetry of Yorkshire-born Ted Hughes, first published in a book called “The Hawk in the Rain” when he was 27, was unlike anything written by his immediate predecessors. Driven by an almost Jacobean rhetoric, it had a visionary fervour. Its most eye-catching characteristic was Hughes’s ability to get beneath the skins of animals: foxes, otters, pigs. These animals were the real thing all right, but they were also armorial devices-symbols of the countryside and lifeblood of the earth in which they were rooted. It gave his work a raw, primal stink. It was not only England that thought so either. Hughes’s book was also published in America, where it won the Galbraith prize, a major literary award. But then, in 1963, Sylvia Plath, a young American poet whom he had first met at Cambridge University in 1956, and who became his wife in the summer of that year, committed suicide. Hughes was vilified for long after that, especially by feminists in America. In 1998, the year he died, Hughes broke his own self-imposed public silence about their relationship in a book of loose-weave poems called "Birthday Letters".In this new and exhilarating collection of real letters, Hughes returns to the issue of his first wife’s death, which he calls his "big and unmanageable event". He felt his talent muffled by the perpetual eavesdropping upon his every move. Not until he decided to publish his own account of their relationship did the burden begin to lighten. The analysis is raw, pained and ruthlessly self-aware. For all the moral torment, the writing itself has the same rush and vigour that possessed Hughes’s early poetry. Some books of letters serve as a personalised historical chronicle. Poets’ letters are seldom like that, and Hughes’s are no exception. His are about a life of literary engagement: almost all of them include some musing on the state or the nature of writing, both Hughes’s own or other people’s. The trajectory of Hughes’s literary career had him moving from obscurity to fame, and then, in the eyes of many, to life-long notoriety. These letters are filled with his wrestling with the consequences of being the part-private, part-public creature that he became, desperate to devote himself to his writing, and yet subject to endless invasions of his privacy. Hughes is an absorbing and intricate commentator upon his own poetry, even when he is standing back from it and good-humouredly condemning himself for "its fantasticalia, its pretticisms and its infinite verballifications". He also believed, from first to last, that poetry had a special place in the education of children. "What kids need", he wrote in a 1988 letter to the secretary of state for education in the Conservative government, “is a headfull [sic] of songs that are not songs but blocks of refined and achieved and exemplary language.” When that happens, children have "the guardian angel installed behind the tongue". Lucky readers, big or small.

1.The poetry of Hughes’s forerunners is characteristic of ____. [A] its natural, crude flavor. [B] its distorted depiction of people’s daily life. [C] its penetrating sight. [D] its fantastical enthusiasm.

2.The word “vilified” most probably means ____. [A] tortured [B] harassed [C] scolded [D] tormented

3.According to the third paragraph, Hughes’s collection of letters are ____. [A] personal recollection of his life. [B] personalised historical chronicle of his literary engagement. [C] reflections of his struggle with his devotion and the reality. [D] his meditation on the literary world.

4.From the letters, we may find the cause of Hughes’s internal struggle is ____. [A] his devotion to the literary world. [B] that he is a part-private, part-public creature. [C] that he is constrained by the fear of his privacy being invaded. [D] his fame and notoriety.

5.By “lucky readers” in the last sentence, the author means ____. [A] children who read poetry. [B] children who have a headfull of songs. [C] children who own blocks of refined and achieved and exemplary language. [D] children who have the guardian angel installed behind the tongue

【篇章剖析】 本文讲述了英国著名诗人特德·休斯作品的特点和其所反映的诗人的一些情况。第一段讲述休斯诗歌的特色;第二段讲述因其妻子的原因而创作了一部书信集的情况。第三段讲述这本书信集的特点和反映的内容。第四段讲述休斯对诗歌的看法和态度。 【 参考译文】 1957年,他横空出世,成为英国战后最具爆炸性的诗坛天才。当时,诗歌主要题材是日常生活的扭曲纪录。但出生在约克郡的特德·休斯的作品却与其前辈大相径庭,他27岁时在名为《雨中的鹰》一书中发表了第一首诗。 受詹姆士一世风格的影响,其诗歌呈现出幻觉式的激情,最显著的特点是休斯可以描述动物外表下面的东西,无论是狐狸、水獭还是猪。这些动物的确是真实的,但同时又是标志性的,代表着乡村,代表着它们植根的地球的生命之源。正是这一点赋予了其作品一种野性、原始的气息。 这一点不仅仅在英国得以认同。休斯的书也在美国出版,并且赢得了一项重要的文学奖–加尔布雷思奖。但是在1963年,西尔维亚·普拉斯自杀了,这个美国年轻诗人与他第一次见面是在1956年的剑桥大学,而当年夏天又成为了他妻子。这之后很长时间里休斯都受到人们的谴责,尤其是美国的女权主义者。1998 年,也就是休斯去世的那一年,他在自己一本名为《生日信札》的结构松散的诗集中公开了他俩的关系,打破了他自己一直以来的缄默。在这本令人兴奋的新书信集中,休斯回忆了他第一个妻子的死,"难以处理的大事情"–他这样形容。他感觉自己的一举一动都受到监视,他的天赋因而受到了制约。直到他出版了自己的这本有关他们关系的书时,他身上的负担才得以减轻。 他的剖析自然、饱含痛苦,具有强烈的自我意识。尽管书中极尽表达了其精神的苦痛,但文字本身却具有休斯早期诗歌的激情和活力。一些书信集只是个人的经历记录而已,但是诗人的书信集却不同,休斯也不例外。他的书信集描写了其文学生涯:几乎所有的书信都有关于写作状态或写作性质的思考,有他自己,也有别人的。休斯的文学生命轨迹是从无名到闻名,而后,在众人看来又经历了漫长的名誉扫地的阶段。这些信中处处都显现出休斯和自己成为半私人、半公开人物这样一个结果而心理反复挣扎,他渴望将自己奉献给文字,但又时时受到私人空间受到侵袭的威胁。 有意思而且令人费解的是,休斯还对自己诗歌进行评论,他甚至还以局外人的身份来看待自己的作品,很幽默地批评自己"诗歌有空想色彩、唯美化且一直咬文嚼字 "。他还从始至终坚信诗歌在教育孩子方面有特殊的作用。1988年他在给保守党政府国家教育部长得一封信中这样写道:"孩子们需要的是满脑子的歌曲,其实不是歌曲,而是精致、优秀、具有代表性的语言。"如果真能这样,那么孩子们"舌头后面就会有守卫天使"了。 【难句突破】 (1)But then, in 1963, Sylvia Plath, a young American poet whom he had first met at Cambridge University in 1956, and who became his wife in the summer of that year, committed suicide. 主体句式:But then Sylvia Plath committed suicide. 结构分析:这是一个同位语带有定语从句的复合句。whom和who引导的两个定语从句修饰a young American poet, 整体作为Sylvia Plath的同位语。 句子译文:但是在1963年,西尔维亚·普拉斯自杀了,这个美国年轻诗人与他第一次见面是在1956年的剑桥大学,而当年夏天又成为了他妻子。 (2)These letters are filled with his wrestling with the consequences of being the part-private, part-public creature that he became, desperate to devote himself to his writing, and yet subject to endless invasions of his privacy. 主体句式:These letters are filled with his wrestling. 结构分析:这是一个简单句,难点在于最后两个形容词词组的成分(desperate to devote himself to his writing, and yet subject to endless invasions of his privacy)。这两个形容词词组是用来修饰前面的名词creature, 而creature后面紧跟着的that 引导的从句也是修饰它的定语从句。 句子译文:这些信中处处都显现出休斯因为自己成为半私人、半公开这么样一个人物而心理反复挣扎,他渴望将自己奉献给文字,但又时时受到私人空间受到侵袭的威胁。 【 答案】 BCDCA


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