Analysis Of ' The 17th And 17th Centuries ' By Ben Jonson

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Plagiarism in the 17th and 18th Centuries
A line that appears on the cover page of Poetaster: A Comical Satyr, written in 1601 by Ben Jonson (1572–1637), the English dramatist and poet, had appeared earlier in Martial 's Book VII, Verse 12, an epigram consisting of 99 verses. We know that Jonson used ideas taken from Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso, 43 BCE–CE 17), Horace, and Seneca and that his name appears in investigations of plagiarism in English literature. According to one source, Jonson invented the pejorative term playwright in 1687 to describe someone who had put together the work of others. Jonson alluded to the works of Horace and Virgil and to Rome. Jonson wrote that the name Canidia was but a borrowed name and that the ditty was borrowed. The words were Horace 's, he stated, "Hang him plagiary." This use of the term plagiary appeared in 1601. It referred to someone who forcefully possessed another. It had appeared earlier, in 1555, as plagiaire (French), and, in 1577, as plagium (Latin), translated as a net to entangle game, but was used in English Civil Law when referring to kidnapping or man stealing. It appeared also in July 1607, when Thomas Legge, Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, referred to the fact that someone had kidnapped his ideas for a play, The Destruction of Jerusalem. The use of Latin or French was common among the educated and upper classes of that time, many of whom would have been familiar with one or both languages. Alexander Pope

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