Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. ~~ T.S. Eliot
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I read a lot of blog posts on a daily basis as of late. After penning a poem the other night it got me to wondering something about myself and about others. When one is reading so many beautiful pieces written by so many wonderful poets out there, how can you tell when inspiration strikes you to write a poem of your own, that you are not in fact, re-using words and phrases you recently read somewhere else? With plagiarism at an all time high, how can you not only protect your work, but help protect the other writers with whom you interact?
I did a little research and found a few free online plagiarism checkers, and of course a few paid sites that claim to do a better job than the free ones, but I see no reason to pay for such a service. I went through every one of my poems and found them all to be 100% free of any plagiarism, which even though I knew would be true, it was nice to know for a fact they were all very much my own words. I made a pact with myself to use one of the checkers with each new piece I post from this moment forward just for peace of mind. Suggesting that other writers do so as well would be presumptuous of me, but I think if you ever find yourself wondering if your own work has ever been copied, it could come in handy to have such a site bookmarked. So I will list the 3 that I found and liked.
I am sure there are many more out there, and if you know of any better than the ones I listed, please do share. As an after thought, I would like to add that when I use images in my posts I gather them from Google images (other than my own personal photography) so that I can do my best not to infringe on the copyright of those as well. If I ever use an image that belongs to you by mistake, please notify me and I will give proper credit where it belongs. 😉