Thursday, May 05, 2005

recent inspiration

T.S. Eliot has long been my favorite poet. I discovered him in High School in my AP English class and have been smitten ever since. In college I composed part of a song cycle with some of his text. I found it yesterday, revised a little of it, and found myself itching to finish it. Anyone know where I can find a publisher? And how do I actually get permission to use the text? Hmm.

I love this...

Garlic and sapphires in the mud
Clot the bedded axle-tree.
The trilling wire in the blood
Sings below inveterate scars
Appeasing long forgotten wars.
The dance along the artery
The circulation of the lymph
Are figured in the drift of stars
Ascend to summer in the tree
We move above the moving tree
In light upon the figured leaf
And hear upon the sodden floor
Below, the boarhound and the boar
Pursue their pattern as before
But reconciled among the stars.

-from Burnt Norton (No. 1 of 'Four Quartets'), T.S. Eliot

3 comments:

Matt said...

I'm not real swift on international copyright law. The publisher that owns the exclusive rights to T.S. Eliot's works is Faber & Faber Publishing in the U.K. (http://www.faber.co.uk/books.cgi). Here in the U.S., copyright extends 70 years past the death of the author before it is released to the public domain. Eliot died in 1965 and there is an ongoing debate that the U.S. does not have to uphold the copyright of his works since the copyright is in the U.K. You can find contact information on the Faber and Faber site.

battlemaiden said...

Thanks for the tip, Matt. I suppose I probably could have found the information myself if I hadn't been daydreaming about becoming the next Corigliano.

Anonymous said...

Matt gives an excellent tip. I recently worked on a case involving an issue over using copyrighted work and after consulting with a good friend's father, who happens ot be one of the foremost authorities in this area, his advice was: "Ask for permission ot use the material."

This is backed up by the website copyright.gov, which is the official site of the U.S. Copyright Office. Under the FAQ's they answer this question:

How do I get permission to use somebody else's work?

You can ask for it. If you know who the copyright owner is, you may contact the owner directly. If you are not certain about the ownership or have other related questions, you may wish to request that the Copyright Office conduct a search of its records or you may search yourself.

Mike