What Virgil meant by that,” Thomas explains, “is that to steal means to improve upon, which is basically what Dylan is doing.
The result is gore, as in when Virgil is slashed and ripped to pieces.
What Don needs is a guide, his own Virgil, or at least “10,000 volts of electricity,” a jolt to wake him from his silent slumber.
“Virgil himself was accused of stealing from Homer, and the voice of Bob Dylan is like that,” Thomas said.
Each of his 40 chapters, which range from Homer and Virgil to e-books and the future of literature, averages only six pages.
Your lordship well knows what obligations Virgil had to the latter of them.
Nay, this use was not unknown to the Latins, as may be proved from Virgil and Ovid.
His translation of Virgil's neid is said to be superior to Dryden's.
Except Virgil and this anonymous rhymer, I can recall no verse about cheese.
He is not reassured till Virgil has displayed his commission.