The World's Doing

Alternately titled: A Change

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848
Rhyme: abbaabbacdecde
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


◦ Paull F. Baum, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Analytical List of Manuscripts in the Duke University Library (1931), 14-16, 56-65

◦ Frances Winwar, “Dante Gabriel's or William Michael's? (March 1933)

Scholarly Commentary


Two versions of this early sonnet come down to us: one first printed by WMR and collected in his 1911 collected edition; the other a manuscript in the Duke University Library among the eighteen bouts rimés sonnets of the group of some forty-four that WMR and DGR wrote together as an exercise in verse-making.

Textual History: Revision

The variances between the two surviving texts indicate that an intermediate set of revisions must have been made by DGR.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 17-1848.raw.xml