Rustico di Filippo. “Sonnet. Of Messer Ugolino.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848?; 1861
Rhyme: abbaabbacdcdcd
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


Scholarly Commentary


The implication of DGR's note to the poem is that he has not identified the Ugolino of the sonnet; but then neither has any subsequent scholar. The original sonnet is of course a highly ironical satire.

For commentary on Rustico see editorial notes on DGR's translation of Rustico's sonnet on Albizzo de' Caponsacchi. The translation is quite close. DGR's source text is Trucchi's Poesie Italiane inedite (I. 230).

Textual History: Composition

The sonnet is probably an early work, from the late 40s or early 50s.

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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