Pun between "hole" and "whole." Pound reconsiders sending a copy of his epic poem to Hardy who might "drop off" into a hole, or die, at any moment.
Arnaut: Arnaut Daniel
Guido: Guido Cavalcanti (not a troubadour, but strongly by the style through his association with the Dolce Stil Novisti)
Italian renaissance poet of the Dolce Stil Novo movement; associated with Dante.
D.V.E: "De Vulgari Eloquentia"
In a letter to Agnes Bedford, Ezra Pound discusses the translation of a work of Provencal poetry.
Ezra Pound disliked John Milton, and his remarks on his stay in the English poet's cottage reflect this.
Ezra Pound's mother.
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