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"I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean."
"You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you."
Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)
We use ethics in all parts of our lives. Sometimes it’s just about morals and values, and others are all about the law.
I won’t insult you with a definition, as we all hang out at a writing website. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that plagiarism happens a lot by accident. Always clearly identify any sources per your preferred style (MLA, APA, etc.), as needed.
Plagiarism in poetry?
It’s possible. More often in non-fiction than in fiction, but it’s still possible.
Found poetry uses the found words of others, while the poet reformats those words for a new (hopefully deeper) meaning.
Be safe and cite your sources as clearly as possible.
I research my writing—including my poetry—I might be the only one here that does, but I’m just that kind of poetry nerd. If my poem is set in a certain place or time or the like, I like to know as much as I can as I write my poem. Some things to think about as you research:
--Is it true? (from a quality source)
--Are you respecting the subject? (avoid bias)
--Avoid being libelous (serious and sometimes criminal)
Write a poem after seeing a painting? Write one after hearing a song? Write a poem after reading a book, poem, or other written piece?
If you’re able to, let the author know, and always note the inspiration with your poem.
Writing challenge: Read some WDC poetry and get inspired! Then write a poem and acknowledge the inspiration
Theme: Found poetry
| ||poetry I "found" [E] |
I was looking at the words on the side of the text in Paradise Lost and got this
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Comments on last month's newsletter:
From: Wraiths Whirling 'Round
Poem shared: "Fibonacci Spring" [E]
Comment: I discovered the same poetic form, but sixteen years too late. Imagine my disappointment when I googled 'fibonacci poem' and found that I couldn't claim any credit for the idea. I did win an awardicon though:
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