Remembrance Sunday Poem a Rip Off?
Military historian Ben Shepard has accused Britain’ s former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion of ripping off his work for a Remembrance Sunday poem.
Says Shephard, “There is a word for this. It begins with ‘p’ and it isn’t poetry.”
Motion states the poem is a compilation in the tradition of “found poetry” that dates back to Shakespeare and that the accounts are drawn from a variety of sources. To this Shephard responds, “the ‘voices from a variety of sources’ were not ‘found’ by Motion, but by myself.”