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T.S. Eliot, John Lennon, and Bob Dylan: Masters of Allusion, or Plagiarists?
By David Galenson
Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
// Another distinctive feature of the large-scale use of quotation is that it is generally associated with an abstract attitude that perceives art as timeless, and consequently available and eligible for appropriation without regard to chronology. ... Eliot contended that the development of art "abandons nothing en route," and "does not superannuate either Shakespeare, or Homer." Ezra Pound declared that "All ages are contemporaneous," and Eliot offered a conception of poetry as "a living whole of all the poetry that has ever been written." //