Inghilfredi, Siciliano. “Canzone. He rebukes the Evil of that Time.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848?; 1861
Rhyme: abcabccddc, cddc
Meter: hendeccasyllabics and setenarii
Genre: canzone


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

◦ Panvini, Le rime della scuola siciliana vol. 1, 382-384.


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the Early Italian Poets.

Scholarly Commentary


Although scholarly opinion has in the past varied about whether Inghilfredi was a poet of the Sicilian court or whether he was from Tuscany, most recent scholarship identifies him with Sicily, which was DGR's view. (For further information see the commentary for the Italian original of DGR's translation.) Like the sonnet by Montecanti which immediately precedes it in DGR's edition, the theme of the canzone recalls DGR's “The World's Doing” and “On Refusal of Aid Between Nations”.

DGR's source is the text in Poeti del Primo Secolo (I. 144-146). He follows the original closely in the rhyme scheme, making the usual substitutions of iambics and tercets.

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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