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Posted Jul 1, '13 at 11:59pm

Salvidian

Salvidian

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Can we use song lyrics if they happen to come up?

 

Posted Jul 2, '13 at 12:02am

Gantic

Gantic

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Yes, there isn't any reason you shouldn't be able to.

 

Posted Jul 2, '13 at 12:03am

Maverick4

Maverick4

3,707 posts

So... We win for posting someone elses poem?

 

Posted Jul 2, '13 at 12:21am

Gantic

Gantic

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If you post a poem that someone else has already found, it's still plagiarism, depending on the case. And it'd be unoriginal, even for using something found.

It's also next to impossible to find an entire poem or song in the suggestions by inputting search terms. You're certainly going to get entire six-word stories and lines from song lyrics though.

 

Posted Jul 2, '13 at 2:17pm

GandalftheGrey666

GandalftheGrey666

1,791 posts

So, we need the original search term to be our title?

 

Posted Jul 2, '13 at 2:39pm

Parsat

Parsat

1,810 posts

I think there's some confusion over what found poetry is. Found poetry is basically taking an existing written work and making poetry out of it by altering it: adding words, crossing out words, changing the visual layout of the piece, adding spaces, and so on.

Here are two examples that should illustrate found poetry well:
Example 1
Example 2

 

Posted Jul 2, '13 at 11:16pm

Gantic

Gantic

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A bit of explanation:
The source text for your poem/haiku will be search suggestions from a search engine. It might be easier to include a screenshot of the search suggestions you used in crafting your poem when you submit. In the following examples, I will use Google and "I cannot".

If Instant search is on, you will get up to four results. These four results are what form a Google poem.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/blackcairn/GP1_zps26ff0e04.png
You can submit as is if you think it good enough:

I cannot lie
I cannot lose weight
I cannot brain today
I cannot believe my eyes.

If Instant search is off, you will get up to ten results.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/blackcairn/GP2_zps9a5545bd.png
You can pick out select phrases if you like:

I cannot lie
I cannot sleep
I cannot live with you

or maybe mix the phrases ordering of the lines:

I sleep a man wishing
I lie, I live with you
I cannot create, I cannot focus
I cannot, today I lose

or try a Haiku

my eyes with wishing
today I lose sleep with you
focus a new lie

or something better with better search terms.

For Haiku, you're definitely going to have to take some words out unless you're willing to try to find a haiku straight out of the search results, but those are rare and rarely something workable.

Not all search terms are equal. You will frequently come across "lyrics".
Not all regions are equal. You'll get search suggestions depending on the region you are searching from.
Not all people are equal. Logging into Google also affects your search suggestions.
Play around, find possibilities, and work with what you think is the best.
You can try search engines other than Google, as well.

 

Posted Jul 4, '13 at 10:14pm

jeol

jeol

3,565 posts

Fishing season, Pa -
The creek, the kayak, the rods;
License to sport game.

 

Posted Jul 5, '13 at 10:49pm

Gantic

Gantic

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Could you also include the search term you used?

 

Posted Jul 6, '13 at 12:12am

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

Search term & results: http://i.imm.io/1bnk7.png

Why?
Why am I always tired?
Why am I always cold?
Why am I always hungry?

 
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