The greater part of the material in this book was presented as talks before The American Poetry Association, The Hingham Historical Society, and The First Parish in Hingham. The later history of the Georgics, extending from Vergil's time to the present, was added afterwards. Further consideration of Vergil's poem, from a different point of view, appears in my book Ovid's Metamorphoses in European Culture. In the present volume the discussion of Scott is brief, because the subject has been treated at some length in my Shakespeare's Influence on Sir Walter Scott.
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