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Chief Works "A Virginal," composed in 1912, is named for the diminutive keyboard instrument preferred by  maidens during the late Renaissance. The poem reflects the early period of Pound's development  and his skillful use of the fourteen-line Petrarchan sonnet. He rhymes the first eight lines abbaabba,  closing with the rhyme scheme cdeecd. Opening with a burst of emotion, he introduces his rejection  with two strong beats, "No, no!" Speaking in the guise of a lover rejecting a lady, he cloaks his  commentary on poetry in dashing romanticism, brandishing the female image of the Latin vagina or  scabbard, which he will not soil with a dull blade. His rejection of classicism turns on an amusing  overstatement of departure from the arms that "have bound me straitly," a pun suggesting a  straightjacket.
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