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EL 266 Foster- Reused words

"There's no such thing as a wholly original work of literature." (Foster 29)

Not always true. Take poetry for example. Writers of the art did not copy other artisan's work. They wrote their own from personal experiences or thoughts. As far as literature goes, I guess I have to buy that quote for now. I have nothing that can back it up with. Like music, literature has influenced many others to do, almost, the same. Does that go for the English language as well? There are no original thoughts nor ideas any more because someone else has already said or thunk them.
That is a really tough quote.

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