Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Alexander Pope

Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll,
In pleasing memory of all he stole;
How here he sipp'd, how there he plunder'd snug,
And suck'd all o'er like an industrious bug.

(From Alexander Pope's satire, The Dunciad.  Like the unnamed plagiarist in Pope's verse, the creator of "2 or 3 lines a day" looks on his works like King Ozymandias once did, and remembers how he "sipp'd," "plunder'd," and "suck'd" the words of others "like an industrious bug.")

An illustration from "The Dunciad"

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