I have come across the verb anflicken in a German translation of Ars Poetica by Horace and have not been able to find the meaning or translation in English on the internet. I have found example sentences, yet nothing that allows me to divine the meaning. It also also seems to be used with the preposition an.
Oft wird an gewichtige Anfänge und große Versprechen hier und da ein Lappen von Purpur, daß weithin er leuchte, angeflickt ...
Horaz, Ars Poetica / Die Dichtkunst. Lat./dt. Reclam (UB 9421). Printed 2011.
Essentially it seems to be used in the passive in the following construction: werden + an + Objekt + angeflickt.
I would like to know what this means and I would also like a corresponding English word, if it exists.