Ciuncio Fiorentino. “Canzone. Of his Love; with the Figures of a Stag, of Water, and of an Eagle.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848?; 1861
Rhyme: a5b5c3a5b5c3 d5d3e5e3f5f5
Meter: iambic
Genre: canzone


“Table of Poets” (in Early Italian Poets) I. xxviii

◦ Contini, Poeti de Duecento, I. 365-366

◦ Trucchi, Poesie Italiana inedite, I. 60-62

Scholarly Commentary


Not much is known of this early Siculo-Tuscan poet. DGR's source text is Trucchi's Poesie Italiane inedite (I. 60-62), where the editor's notes identify him as a newly discovered poet of the period, the author of five canzoni and the contemporary of Jacopo da Lentino.

For some reason DGR has not translated the third stanza of Ciuncio's canzone. Otherwise the translation is fairly strict. It may well be that DGR was working from another text, one not cited in his bibliography.

Textual History: Composition

Probably late 1840s or early 1850s.

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
Source File: 143d-1861.raw.xml