It is not surprising, therefore, that Rochester served as a model for numerous depictions of rakish wits in the stage comedy of the period.
Yet Rochester's poetry, in his limpid love lyrics, lampoons, burlesques, and sharp satires, has an abiding presence.
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: "Books of Transformations") is a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus.
Comprising fifteen books and over 250 myths, the poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework.
The oeuvre, not intended for publication as ordinarily understood, is that of an aristocratic courtier.
The works are meant to be seen, perhaps, as ephemera, as bright filaments of the central work of art, the author himself, rather than as abiding literary monuments.
The work has been the subject of numerous translations into English, the first by William Caxton in 1480.