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The history of commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses reveals that Ovid's bold speech and erotic themes influenced political thought as well as poetic form in early modern England. As the poem's later editors respond to earlier editions, they leave a suggestive record of poetic and political interpretation. At stake in James's analysis is the relationship of political ideas -- just governance, parliamentary counsel, and the liberties of subjects -- to the erotic themes and wandering form of Ovid's poem. After considering the commentary tradition and especially the work of George Sandys, James identifies ways in which Ovid's poem influences the form of political thought in poetry.