Pucciarello di Fiorenza. “Sonnet. Of Expediency.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849?: 1861
Rhyme: abbaabbacdecde
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet

Scholarly Commentary


DGR clearly found this kind of cynical text interesting and must have drawn from it parallel reflections on his own age: see for example his own “On Refusal of Aid Betweeen Nations.” The translation is quite close. DGR's source was Poeti del Primo Secolo (II. 218)

Textual History: Composition

The sonnet is probably an early work, from the late 40s or early 50s.

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: 197d-1861.raw.xml