Cino da Pistoia. “Madrigal. To his Lady Selvaggia Vergiolesi; likening his Love to a search for Gold.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849?; 1861
Rhyme: abcabcabcabcdede
Meter: iambic trimeter and pentameter
Genre: madrigal

Scholarly Commentary


The poem in DGR's source text in Ciampi's Vita e Poesie di Messer Cino da Pistoia (page 144) is no longer included in Cino's corpus, nor have scholars determined its authorship. Nor is the original any more interesting as a poem than DGR's translation. Both exhibit a figural elaboration that seems more pedantic and mannered than rich and extravagant.

See also the commentary for the source text.

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.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 185d-1861.raw.xml