[00:07.85]When a new movement in art attains a certain fashion,
[00:11.70]it is advisable to find out what its advocates are aiming at,
[00:16.18]for, however farfetched
[00:18.29]and unreasonable their principles may seem today,
[00:21.42]it is possible that in years to come
[00:23.74]they may be regarded as normal.
[00:26.66]With regard to Futurist poetry, however,
[00:29.58]the case is rather difficult,
[00:31.90]for whatever Futurist poetry may be--even admitting
[00:35.43]that the theory on which it is based may be right
[00:38.56]--it can hardly be classed as Literature.
[00:42.13]This, in brief, is what the Futurist says:
[00:46.36]for a century, past conditions of life
[00:49.60]have been conditionally speeding up,
[00:51.81]till now we live in a world of noise and violence and speed.
[00:56.75]Consequently, our feelings, thoughts and emotions
[01:00.58]have undergone a corresponding change.
[01:04.31]This speeding up of life, says the Futurist,
[01:07.24]requires a new form of expression.
[01:10.38]We must speed up our literature too,
[01:12.99]if we want to interpret modern stress.
[01:15.93]We must pour out a large stream of essential words,
[01:19.55]unhampered by stops,
[01:21.01]or qualifying adjectives, of finite verbs.
[01:24.62]Instead of describing sounds
[01:26.73]we must make up words that imitate them;
[01:29.65]we must use many sizes of type
[01:32.18]and different colored inks on the same page,
[01:35.00]and shorten or lengthen words at will.
[01:38.43]Certainly their descriptions of battles are confused.
[01:41.95]But it is a little upsetting to read in the explanatory notes
[01:45.80]that a certain line describes a fight between a Turkish
[01:49.22]and a Bulgarian officer on a bridge off
[01:51.75]which they both fall into the river
[01:54.27]--and then to find that the line
[01:56.19]consists of the noise of their falling
[01:58.51]and the weights of the officers:
[02:00.63]“ Pluff! Pluff! A hundred and eighty-five kilograms.”
[02:05.67]This, though it fulfills the laws
[02:07.76]and requirements of Futurist poetry,
[02:10.38]can hardly be classed as Literature.
[02:13.00]All the same, no thinking man
[02:15.53]can refuse to accept their first proposition:
[02:18.95]that a great change in our emotional life
[02:21.47]calls for a change of expression.
[02:23.90]The whole question is really this:
[02:26.52]have we essentially changed?内容来自 听力课堂网：http://www.tingclass.net/show-8686-250980-1.html