Forese Donati. “Sonnet (Forese to Dante). He taunts Dante ironically for not avenging Geri Alighieri.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

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


“Introduction to Part II” (in Early Italian Poets) 189-193 .

◦ Foster and Boyd, Dante's Lyric Poetry, I.152-155 (II. 252-253) .


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Scholarly Commentary


The sonnet is a vigorous and coarse reponse to Dante's equally coarse and and ad hominem sonnet taunting Forese. See the commentary for the latter. DGR's source text was Luigi Fiacchi's Scelta di Rime Antiche (page 14).

Textual History: Composition

Probably a later translation, perhaps 1860.

Printing History

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

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