Monday, January 14, 2013

Plagiarism - the hidden menace.


In light of the latest plagiarism scandal to 'rock' the poetry world. I took it upon myself to list a few ways to spot plagiarism.


Rather than lay it out in simple terms I decided to create a new poem as a test for you, the poetry newbie. With the two poems side by side, see if you can spot the amazing forgery I created.


See below how with a few subtle changes an original poem can quickly (in the right deft hands) be rendered almost unrecognisable.


A

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.   
    They may not mean to, but they do.   
They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.


But they were fucked up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,   
Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.


Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t have any kids yourself.


B

They fuck you up, poems.

 They may not mean to, but they do.   
They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.


But they were fucked up in their turn
    By poets in old-style hats and coats,   
Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.


Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t write any poems yourself.
Poems are hard.
Bacon.



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