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    • POEM: The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak by Archibald MacLeish (5/6/2010 6:22:00 AM)

      I wonder if anybody can tell me when this poem is dated.

      I came to this poem via another poem, by Chairil Anwar who obviously based it strongely on the Macleish poem. The title is 'Krawang-Bekasi' which refers most probably to a dramatic confrontation with British troops in the aftermath of WW2, when Indonesia declared itself free from the Netherlands and the British were filling in the power vacuum.

      I'm a composer and made music to the Chairil Anwar poem. I'm just about to commit it to CD and I was looking for an english translation of the poem (which is in Indonesian language) . In doing so, I stumbled on the Macleish poem.

      I'm not sure yet what to do now. Does anyone know who holds the copyrights of the Macleish poem?

      I guess another option is to do a rewrite of both versions into a new version and adapt it in the process for musical and more dramatical use.

      Renadi Santoso
      Amsterdam, the Netherlands