In 1735, Alexander Pope wrote Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot. There is a line "a parson much bemus'd in beer." What has beer to do with it?
I came across this in Merriam-Webster:
In 1735, British poet Alexander Pope lamented, in rhyme, being besieged by "a parson much bemus'd in beer." The cleric in question was apparently one of a horde of would-be poets who plagued Pope with requests that he read their verses. Pope meant that the parson had found his muse—his inspiration—in beer.
First of all whose inspiration did the parson find? How did beer became a source of inspiration? What does it mean in this context? Were they having drinks while reading their verses? I am bemused by the use of beer.