The poem seems to be shifting gears somewhat, so I've taken off a couple sections I just posted... (they may be back).
Reading (again) Erich Auerbach's Dante, Poet of the Secular World. He sets a very high standard (one of the great readers & critics of all time). Still, even after reading Auerbach, I feel OK (for the time being) about this Fonte Gaia poem.
Dante & Henry VII - literary strange attractor localized in Siena.