post on Gould's blog -- I think "aura" (especially for me, in west la!) is a nice improvement on "image" (this month, anyway):
What was the pith of what Pound found & celebrated in "tradition"? The same thing Montale found, that both found via Dante:
Provence, the love-song, the archaic-troubadour springtime mating-call, the epithalamion at the heart of Arcadia or Paradise, the Song of Songs...
the deep natural root of the grand epic-cosmic visions (Homer, Dante et al.). At the center of the Divina Commedia, Dante addresses his theme : What or Who is the real and proper goal of all our willing & desiring & loving (& the substance of our singing)?
[Actually, this forms the overall plot of my own grandiose effort in Forth of July, too, where the poem's path follows the transformations & coruscations of July, jewel-eye, Julius/Juliet, J-El, & so on. The "coming-forth of jewel-eye"]
my brief response
interesting -- I started out the middle part of my current book there (actually with the four female troubairitz) and never got the troubairitz in! -- what is it about this source material and scope, & length?