Sonnet. From Cecco Angiolieri. In Absence from Becchina

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849
Rhyme: abbaabbacdecde
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


◦ Lanza, ed., Le Rime. Cecco Angiolieri, 116-117

Scholarly Commentary


Composed perhaps in 1849, which is the date WMR assigns to it in 1911. The poem was originally printed at page 409 of The Early Italian Poets but was cancelled there at the last minute and replaced by another sonnet bearing the same title. DGR left the sonnet unpublished in his lifetime, probably because he judged its subject would be too strong for his contemporary audience. This sonnet was first printed posthumously (1911) by DGR's brother.

DGR's source text for his fair copy manuscript is in Raccolta di Rime Antiche Toscane (II. 160).

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