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andersonmcdonald
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Would this be considered plagiarism?

I arch my wings toward the lofty deep
while farmers curse and mothers weep
Below me screams of smoking sheep
And miles to burn before I sleep


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I wouldn't say it is plagarism in the strict sense, but for those familiar with Robert Frost the resemblence to "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" will be obvious. That might be the single most widely known work by an American poet, so a lot of people will recognize it as a "knockoff" and perhaps see it as a parody.

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That's what it's intended to be, an obvious knock-off. It's just an opener to a short story. I was wondering what the laws were regarding publication.
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It's a parody, protected by custom and by Supreme Court rulings...but the estate of Robert Frost might sue you anyway.

Of course it's not a perfect parody...Frost repeated his last line, the "miles to go" one. You might consider a revision, repeating your last line, maybe lose either your second or third ones...


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Weird Al isn't a plagiarist, and anyone who calls him one only shows their ignorance. I think you should be fine with this, allusion through structure is a honored tradition in poetry, all the poems in Alice in Wonderland are parodies of other poems. (The funny part about that is Jabberwocky and The Walrus and the Carpenter are much more well known than the poems they make fun of.)
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As Pyre Dynasty said, it's allusion, and it's a time-honored tradition in writing. In fact, it's one of the coolest things you can do in a story because it works on one level for those who don't "get" the allusion, and it works on at least one more level for those who do (the additional levels for those who do could include things like double, or even triple, meanings because of the way the allusion plays off of the context in your story, and so on and so forth).
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Thanks for the help guys (and gals)
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