Ben so che fosti figliuol d'Alighieri

Forese Donati

General Description

Date: 1293-1296 (circa)
Meter: hendecasyllabics
Genre: sonnet


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

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

Scholarly Commentary


See the commentary for DGR's translation.

Textual History: Composition

DGR's manuscript transcription from his source text survives in the library of the South African National Gallery. It carries several pencil annotations by DGR that clearly represent his early efforts to translate this strange sonnet. (The source text was Luigi Fiacchi's Scelta di Rime Antiche (page 14).)

Electronic Archive Edition: 1