Guido Guinicelli. “Sonnet. Of Human Presumption.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848; 1861
Rhyme: abbaabbacdedce
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


“Table of Poets” in Early Italian Poets vol. 1, xxv.

◦ Valeriani and Lampredi, Poeti del primo secolo vol. 1, 102.

◦ Contini, Poeti de duecento vol. 1, 477.

Scholarly Commentary


DGR's source is the text in Poeti del Primo Secolo (I. 102). His rhyme scheme varies considerably from Guinizelli's.

Textual History: Composition

As with most of DGR's translations, this one cannot be exactly fixed. It is probably a fairly early work, however—done in the 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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