Guido Orlandi. “Sonnet (to Guido Cavalcanti). He answers the foregoing Sonnet (by Cavalcanti) [“To Guido Orlandi. Sonnet. In praise of Guido Orlandi's Lady”], declaring himself his Lady's Champion.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848?; 1861
Rhyme: abbaabbacdecde
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


“Introduction to Part II” (in Early Italian Poets) 216

◦ Contini, Poeti de Duecento, II. 561-562

◦ Cassata, Guido Cavalcanti. Rime, 222-226


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Scholarly Commentary


Guido Orlandi's response sonnet picks up most directly from lines 7-8 of Cavalcanti's sonnet. In fact, DGR does not render these lines literally enough so that one can see the point of Orlandi's elaborate imagination of a feat of arms celebrating the magnificence of his lady. Nonetheless, the translation clearly represents the key metaphoric and symbolical equivalence being drawn between feats of arms and feats of verse.

The translation's rhyme scheme departs somewhat from the source text in Cicciaporci's Rime di Guido Cavalcanti (page 126).

Textual History: Composition

Probably an early translation, 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.

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