Say What.. Plagiarism

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.

  1. Duplichecker
  2. The Plagiarism Checker
  3. Article Checker

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. 😉

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8 thoughts on “Say What.. Plagiarism

    • Thank you! Neither did I until I started looking. I suppose I should have known as long as I have been on the net, but I guess I just never really had the desire to look before. I just think it is good to be protected. As always, Thank you for stopping by and reading! 🙂

  1. We learned back in Screenwriting Class that there are something like only 24 original stories, and that every story is a variation on one of those (ie “Boy Meets Girl”). We’re inspired by everything around us, but I think we know if we’re plagiarizing…

  2. Very interesting topic. One of the difficult things is unconscious plagiariasm as you note. I remember reading an interview with Bono some years ago where he was saying he was so proud of some imagery he had in a poem until some time later he re-read some favourite poets works and found the phrase there – he hadn’t consciously remembered it at all, but then realised what had happened. I can understand his dismay and disappointment! I think we all try to be honorable and original but it is probably hard to be absolutely sure that sometimes you don’t re-cycle something that resonated in our subconscious from somewhere else. 🙂

    The other interesting thing is when people all over the place genuinely and completely independently come up with similar ideas/theories or invent the same new device etc – they all it morphic resonance..the concept that an idea has its time and a range of people tune in to it simultaneously…some people just think its coincidence but if there is more to it there is no reason this couldn’t also happen in the literary world. 🙂

    • Exactly! That was whole point of my post. I’m sure there are many people out there who steal intentionally, but there is still the chance every now and then, that it happens accidentally. Thank you so much for stopping in with your thoughts and comments. They are very much appreciated. 🙂

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