Maestro Migliore, da Fiorenza. “Sonnet. He declares all Love to be Grief.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1850?; 1861
Rhyme: abbaabbacdecde
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet

Scholarly Commentary


Clearly DGR translated the poem as an example of the kind of verbal wit cultivated by the Italian poets he admired. His translation varies from the rhyme scheme of the original but it reflects pretty well its verbal play.

DGR's source text is Poeti del primo secolo (II. 155). Information about the Italian poet is virtually nonexistent.

Textual History: Composition

Probably early, 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.

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