Guido Cavalcanti. “Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He mistrusts the Love of Lapo Gianni.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1861
Rhyme: abbaabbacdeedc
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


“Introduction to Part II” (in The Early Italian Poets), 193-206

◦ Contini, Poeti de Duecento, II. 546

◦ Cassata, Guido Cavalcanti. Rime, 185-186

Scholarly Commentary


The poem continues upon the theme treated in the previous sonnet in DGR's collection. DGR's source text, which was Cicciaporci (Sonnet XXI, page 11), has an interesting variant reading at line 11, which in Cicciaporci reads “perduta” whereas the authorized received reading is the much less shocking: “renduta” (“served” instead of “lost”).

The translation follows the original rhyme scheme exactly.

Textual History: Composition

Almost certainly an early translation, late 1840s.

Printing History

The translation was first published in 1861 in The Early Italian Poets; it was reprinted in 1874 in Dante and his Circle.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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