My point, not clearly made, is there is no singular path of re-inspiration. Without having a given author explicitly state they were inspired by a particular work, there are centuries of exemplars, any of which may have been absorbed. (And given human forgetfulness, it's entirely plausible they remember their favorite work as compared to the one that actually gave them the idea)Don't mistake me, I'm not disagreeing with you — I mean, there's nothing new under the sun. But I love the elision of ~2700 years of history. Pre-Roman texts, yada yada yada, BBS forums.
(I must have Seinfeld on the brain today, because it's also making me think of "The Raincoats," which has a fun elision in it, too — "And next thing we knew, the war was over!")
Even if no explicit exemplars were experienced, because people are people and have been people with written documents for more than 5,000 years, we keep reinventing the same things, over and over because we have the same desires and needs. I have read translations of cuneiform complaint letters from people who paid for stuff that arrived broken, late or of substandard quality that could have been posted to Amazon.
There is no direct path from those cuneiform letters to modern web posts but it is very easy for someone to infer one, true or not.