Serious Interlude: Plagiarism
Despite my explicit warnings and even though I took them step by step down the dimly lit staircase descending into the dark realms of previous students' plagiarism just to show my current students how easily I can retrieve the truth and bring it back up into the exposing light of the surface, they still think that they're smarter than I am.
Some ... perhaps many ... are smarter, but I'll still catch them if they plagiarize.
Why? Because I enjoy the hunt, and if I smell blood, I'll slash an essay apart until the paper bleeds red with ink.
Kids, don't cheat. Not in my class. Especially if you're as careless as this:
As it is said above, The first 17 sonnets are addressed to a young and beautiful man.First, you didn't say it above. Second, the phrase "As it is said above" is rather awkward English, unlike the more graceful statement that follows. Third, the capitalized "The" in the middle of the sentence is a dead giveaway that you've downloaded and carelessly neglected to alter the "T" from majuscule to minuscule. Fourth, the statement is not to be found on the Hudson Shakespeare Company's webpage titled "Fair Youth Sonnets," despite your footnote. Fifth, the statement is also not even on the Wikipedia page that you mined for other quotes that you also falsely attributed to the Hudson Shakespeare Company (and I expressly warned you not to use Wikipedia!). Sixth, the statement is so ludicrously easy to trace, for I need only plug it into Google Advanced Search, using the search function labeled "with the exact phrase," and voila. I've found it: "Sonnet 20, admission of Shakespeare's homosexuality?" Why, you've even borrowed that title to construct your own: "A Confession of Shakespeare's homosexuality?" And if I back up to the search results again and click on "cached," I can quickly locate the statement in the text via highlighting.
See how easy that was? I warned you. Why did you even try to cheat?