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The Foreboding

 
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diana
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2003 1:23 am    Post subject: The Foreboding Reply with quote

I'm wondering what the (approximate, if necessary) date of composition of "The Foreboding" is, and when and where it was first published. I notice that Graves explicitly refused to include such information in Poems 1953.

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Diana
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Ed Brading
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2003 4:34 pm    Post subject: The Foreboding Reply with quote

I do not know the answer to Diana's question, but I wanted to take the opportunity to mention a bit of interesting trivia about the poem that I discovered a few years ago.

In 1986, pop musician David Sylvian issued an album/CD "Gone to Earth." The last track on the CD, titled "Under this Earth," is a recording of Robert Fripp playing the guitar, with Robert Graves reciting "The Foreboding" in the background. Graves is entirely uncredited for this.

The lack of credit is probably a mistake. The CD contains two instrumental pieces accompanied by voices. One is the track just mentioned. The other track contains the voice of, I believe, Joseph Beuys. The CD credits two voices, with "kind permission," Joseph Beuys and J. G. Ballard, but J. G. Ballard's voice is nowhere on the CD. Perhaps Sylvian intended to use J. G. Ballard, then switched to Graves at the last moment and either never obtained permission or forgot to mention that he had it.

Graves's recitation, by the way, sounds just like the Caedmon recording that can be downloaded from the robertgraves.org website. Perhaps the owner of Graves's recitation ought to be informed, so that a demand for royalties can be made!
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