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Dishonoured:

He stands before the adoring crowd,
Basking in their cheers and standing ovation.
But he has already been dishonoured -
By means of his perverse innovation.

For none could know of the dark secret;
About the art that he claims to be his own.
It is naught but an illusion, smoke and mirrors -
A theft for which he must atone...

But this disgusting creature, this worthless abhuman;
So desperate for the glory which he sees upon the stage!
Will quietly don the skin of another;
An urge he must assuage...

Biting his nails, a cracked smile upon his lips, he whispers:
"No one will know, no one will find it and I am great..."

-Chen Yuan Wen, 24th October 2012
If ye enjoyed this, please don't forget t' fave it, each one tells me yer actually enjoyin'. Otherwise I worry I may not be holdin' yer interest yar?

Now then, lads and lasses, I hope ye'll lend me ye ears fer awhile.

I've known about the problem of parasitic authors on DA fer quite awhile, but the problem doesn't seem t' be gettin' better. Rather, it's gettin' much worse.

What is a parasitic author? Someone who uses the artwork of another in their lit. submissions and doesn't give proper credit

Now, it's common knowledge. If ye don't own it, DON'T use it. That's infringement of copyright and t' use th' urban slang fer it, "You're dick-riding man..."

Essentially th' thing t' remember is that giving credit and asking fer permission is a common courtesy. A lot of artist simply like to put:

"Image not mine, searched it up"

Even if ye do a google search. Here's th' correct way t' do things:

"This image is not owned by me, the original artist is [website/artist name] and the original artwork can be found here: [link]. I have obtained the artist's permission to use it as a cover."

If everyone did that, then honestly, there wouldn't be any problems.

'owever, what I see most o' th' time is authors bein' VERY flippant about these basic rules o' courtesy and instead thinkin' that sayin' they don't own it, is enough t' allow them t' use it. They often like t' say:

"Hey man, chill, I'm not doing it for attention!"

But...if yer not...then why not let ye words speak fer themselves?

I think it is an extreme dishonour, upon all of us as poets, if we support those that unfairly abuse the works of others without concern fer the original artist. One of the groups I'm in has stated:

'No credit, no acceptance'. I think that's a fair rule because when you use something, ye must always give credit to one whose work ye are usin'.

Therefore, I implore ye all as me readers and fellow lit. folk. If ye see a piece with an art cover and it seems pretty clear from their gallery and description that they don't produce these covers. Then speak t' them and the original artist and make sure they understand that giving credit is the HONOURABLE way of usin' cover art. If ye don't give credit, then you'll lose yer honour.

Do ye want t' be like Prince Zuko? Didn't think so lads...

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Harryeagle Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Clever. Very clever. And you make a good point about copyright infringement as well.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you kindly friend ^^

-Chen :iconwordofchen:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Sorry, but I don't really beat around the bush. This specific poem was designed specifically for one topic and as such I didn't want anyone to 'draw their own conclusions'. It had a specific message and a specific purpose and it was delivered as such.

While I appreciate your suggestion, this poem was not done with interpretation in mind.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay then, but I still think there's more poetic spirit to be squeezed into this :) For example, instead of

"About the art that he claims to be his own"

maybe you could have

"Of colors and markings that came from others' hands"

or something... well that's terrible and doesn't fit with your meter, but you get what I mean. :) Even if you do want to be straightforward, poetry is about using descriptions. replacing the word "art" with the description "colors and markings" for example (like I said, that's terrible, I'm sure you could come up with something better. ^^; ) It's not beating around the bush, it's aesthetically pleasing wordplay. :)
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Again, that's an aesthetic choice that I don't apply to all my works. Using wordplay isn't suited for every situation. Certainly if it is something funny or something to be laughed about then wordplay can help ease the mood. However, when it is something serious, you want to jar your audience. In that case, the poet's choice should be to use piercing truth and blunt wording in order to get the audience to feel...'oh crap, I've done it now'. Often when a human is caught out lying, their heart rate quickens and they feel disturbed; fight or flight kicks in. In the same way, it prevents the keen deceiver from feeling as though they are in their element. Subtle wordplay was used in court politics and situations of intrigue, but the best way to disrupt their game is to drive something blunt right in the middle. Hence why this piece is 'Dishonoured' ;3

If you are looking for the subtle stuff I will have pieces like that, but what I am trying to say is that you shouldn't expect it for every piece. After all I do many kinds of works ranging from vastly simplistic, to something very deep and meaningful. There is no particular reason for me to stay on one end of the spectrum ^^;

I'm afraid I will have to suggest that you find other more specialised poets if you only enjoy that type of subtly, more likely than not you'll find yourself displeased with my Slam, Urban and Emotional works since I cut right to the heart of the matter =P

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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freaky208 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you very much for honouring my work with a feature. I appreciate it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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freaky208 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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megamiaki364 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As expected, I like yet another of your works :)
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SoulofMultipleBeings Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Kinda puts in the position of a royal knight who did a awful deed in his knighthood and tries to conceal his wrong doing. Wish I could relate to some literature I read before.
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LadySparrow01 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't believe that some people would do such a thing. To use an artist's work without their permission... well it's just plain stealing! Good on you for raising awareness, Mate! This is definitely something that deserves attention.
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augumon05 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
had to google the word assuage. it makes the ending come together quite nicely.
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alchemighty Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Your poem was nice, but I liked your comments even better. Especially that line about Zuko at the end, I burst out laughing!
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poetryfreak15 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Very good point made. Also well written.
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HapppyThoughts Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
interesting
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theWitchofGrich Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
oh, so beautiful!! I love it!! :D :D
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dragonofyang Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good point. Very good point. I try to do that the best I can, but sometimes, I don't catch everything, and besides, it's just common courtesy to do that.

Nice Avatar reference.
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Glowandstar Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Artist
i first glance i thought this was about the dishonored game lol
but very good writing, well done!
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Balamorys Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
know someone that does this :/
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pepelemoko Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
love your writing !!!
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Elvicx-Liahdus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
RAD.MAN :w00t:
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Shadow0B Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work!

That's why I make my own covers using MMD. Or my friends make them for me. It's most noticeable in the excerpts, where each saga has a cover of its own
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Alfamaxis Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Love it))
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AlwaysHappys Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Artist
i likes de way ous talK!
tis incrediblely cute <3
And de poem is spectacular as well!
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RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work!! I love it, and it bleeds forth so much truth of how dishonorable plagerism is. Beautiful symbolism and technique
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ladonnaskye555 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
great writing technique!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! loved it!!!!!!!!!!!
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Pieatingninja Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Love it! Your use of words is stellar as always!
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MrBassMan6132 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could I reference this in an essay I am writing about whether honor is inherent or bestowed? I would only paraphrase it, not quote directly, and I would cite and credit you in the essay, with both text and links (Google Docs).
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
If it's for Academic works, then all my pieces are allowed to be used with proper crediting (if your school has a referencing system for academic works, i.e. harvard style etc. then apply that. If it does not, I would prefer the harvard reference style)

Best o' luck with yer essay and all ^^

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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MrBassMan6132 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say something along the lines of "In a poem titled Dishonoured, Chen Yuan Wen..." with MLA formatting (which my school prefers) in Works Cited at the end. Now, for citing purposes, how would I show your name if the format calls for <surname>,<first name>?

Thanks fer the help, Cap'n!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
If it's surname, since my name is in Chinese, then it would be cited:

Chen, Y.W. 2012

If I wrote my name following the english structure, then it should written:

Yuan Wen Chen

However you know that most asian names have the surname first.

Hope that helps ^^ (MLA formatting is fine)

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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MrBassMan6132 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In a poem titled Dishonoured, Chen Yuan Wen writes about a man enjoying fame and attention due to a piece of art he claims as his own, but is really stolen. He is described as standing before an “adoring crowd, [b]asking in their cheers and standing ovation”. His honor was bestowed by the people witnessing the stolen art, when in reality he has none himself because of the crime he committed.


Thank you so much!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Aye, looks good

yer welcome, thank ye fer given me the honour of bein' cited in academic works ^^

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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MrBassMan6132 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Any time.
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Dyckannu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice, I didn't even notice the subtle rhyming at first. I'm just not very attentive. Regardless, I very much enjoy this piece :) Possibly inspired by the new game, Dishonored...? Just curious :P Goodnight C:
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Nope, nothing to do with the game at all (the reason for it being called 'dishonoured' is in the author's comment section xD). That said, I was aware that eventually someone would bring up the game xD

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Dyckannu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I did read the comment/description section, I just foolishly failed to make the proper connection between that and the piece. But thank you for the explanation! And I'm glad I got the game out of the way, then. Good evening, my friend.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
You too lad :3

-Captain Chenbeard o' the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Rovelae Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So true! Great work, as usual! :)
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snowywolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a true problem. And I love the last two lines :)
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cougashika Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A Fine use of English; it invokes a stern disapproval by the title, yet grudging respect for the subject's ability to deceive. Nice work!
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LightningIdle Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery, and I do so loathe that expression. Excellent job, Cap'n. Hit 'em where it hurts!
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KaibaKitty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh. I absolutely hate any kind of art thieves. These people are just sad. And I always see the excuse "well I think its an honor to have someone copy you. I think its a compliment because it means you're a good artist/writer if someone copies you so I don't have to ask permission." Which is the most ridiculous excuse ever. Just because they feel that way doesn't mean the artist they ripped off will feel the same -.-
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raevynvelcros Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well said Captain!
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GoldenGirl954 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Wow very intense poem, love your choice of words. What was funny was that when I read this, I immediately thought of Zuko
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AgrumeToxique Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I don't know why I love your writing. I love the atmosphere of this poem, dark and fantastic. I seem to hear the thoughts of a magician fallen. I want to know the end of the story because it's like a never ending story. It makes me think, dream, imagine... Thank you for your amazing work!
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Letsogme Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Photographer
wow, just wow
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