His two major works, the Eclogues and the Aeneid, emphasize different aspects of this longing. The Eclogues, written first, is a collection of escapist poems that dwell on the ideal nature of a peaceful, rural life. The Aeneid, a more complete consideration of the new world Virgil desired, considers the political form under which this new order will come. Virgil's importance to world literature is difficult to underestimate.
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