English: Plagiarism, Clichés
posted by Christopher on .
Is a Cliché phrase considered Plagiarism? (the author is dead more than 390 years ago.)
Is it okay to use it in a writing piece or poem?
Should/will it be penalized or will you be given punishment if only used in 8th grade?
If you use something someone else has said, then you must put it in quotation marks.
For instance, a cliche is "a stitch in time saves nine". I have no idea who the person was who said that first, but it is commonly used. You may use it in a poem or piece of writing in quotes.
"to be, or not to be, that is the question,"
was used in a poem
is that okay?
Yes, that is not a cliche, but so long as you use quotes around it, you are fine.
That particular quotation is from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Act 3, scene 1, lines 58+