Helen's admiration for Virgil's Aeneid was not so great but it was none the less real. She had read it as much as possible without the help of notes or dictionary and she always liked to translate the episodes that pleased her especially. The word-painting of Virgil was wonderful sometimes but in her opinion, the gods and men moved through scenes of passion, strife, pity and love like graceful figures in an Elizabethan mask. The characters in Iliad gave three leaps and went on singing so if Virgil was serene and lovely like a marble Apollo in moonlight then Homer was a beautiful, animated youth in full sunlight with wind in his hair. Although Iliad was quite tough to read and not altogether pleasant, yet she felt that way about Homer's work. (Hope it helps :) ! Send me a thnx n rate d ans)