In the 1st century, the use of the Latin word "plagiarius" (literally "kidnapper"), to denote someone stealing someone else's work, was pioneered by Roman poet Martial, who complained that another poet had "kidnapped his verses." This use of the word was introduced into English in 1601 by dramatist Ben Jonson, to describe as a "plagiary" someone guilty of literary theft.
Today we have a collection of articles about poetic plagiarism. I hadn't really imagined that people tried to pass off other people's poems as their own until I read about the Christian Ward case. And then I read about the David Morgan case.
My interest in the subject was piqued, so I found the other info below to share with you. One thing that gives me pause is the concept of intentional vs. unintentional plagiarism. Here's an article that discusses one variant of that -- a well-known poet gave credit to a lesser-known poet, but he didn't give her credit every time (such as when he shared the poem at readings), and some people wound up thinking she had copied him rather than vice versa.
Would love to hear what you think!
* Court fines poet Hisham Aljakh for plagiarism , Egypt Independent (June 6, 2103)
* The World's First Plagiarism Case, Plagiarism Today (October 4, 2011)
* Case Study: Tracking a Sneaky Plagiarist Poet, Plagiarism Today (October 5, 2010)
* The Accidental Plagiarist: The Trouble with Originality, Virginia Quarterly Review (2007)
* What Rhymes With, uh, Plagiarism?, New York Times (October 25, 1994)
* Prison poets caught in plagiarism bid, The Telegraph
* Incidents of children's poetry plagiarism
* Dark Poetry offers thoughts on how to protect yourself from plagiarism
Margaret has the Poetry Friday round-up today at Reflections on the Teche.