But still, of course, Virgil is model of all nationalistic epics of medieval age (Bewoulf, Roland, El Cid), his Dido, he is quoted, his verses, metric, etc. He is the model of excellence, no doubt.
Dante will be too, his metric, his terza rhyme, his Beatrice... But meanwhile the ambition of Comedy, nobody can copy. The sonnets of Petrach, the tales of Bocaccio, the tales of Ovid, his lyrics poems, etc.
One of failures of Bloom is not just western, is how he split it only from Shakespeare. This is a way to not deal with the millenar Homer, Esquilo, Sophocles, Ovid, Virgil... They have survived on top for almost 2000 years, while Shakespeare didnt got even clsoe of that. It would be bad for Bloom's arguments.
As the canon, it is not easy to get in, leave impossible. I think if Shakespeare is safe, Ovid is safe, because the canon is build more with relations. Virgil grants Homer, Dante grants virgil, Bocaccio grants Dante...
D.Johnson is certainly a good to remember, because he washes Bloom. He, without needing to build a theory, did more for the Canon and to preven the school of resentment than Bloom. In his case, the merit is not a correct judgment, but his culture to defend it. He will bash Hamlet? But Hamlet can obviously defend itself, it will swap a Coleridge to his side. What sometimes people don't see is for example, how much Tolstoy bashing of Shakespeare is strong. It is not ridiculous - it talks loud about Tolstoy.