Giacomino Pugliesi. “Canzonetta. Of his Lady in Absence.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848?; 1861
Rhyme: ababcddc
Meter: iambic trimeter
Genre: canzonetta


◦ Panvini, I. 426-428

“Table of Poets” in Early Italian Poets, xxvii.

◦ Contini, Poeti de duecento, I. 145

Scholarly Commentary


DGR's source text is Poeti del Primo Secolo (I. 247-249), where the attribution to Giacomino is firm. But Panvini lists the poem among the Sicilian works of dubious authorship.

The translation is at various points very free, partly no doubt because the text DGR worked from is a poor and difficult one. But parts of the translation are exceedingly fine, especially the last two stanzas.

Not much more is known about Giacomino Pugliesi than DGR indicates in his note on the poet given in The Early Italian Poets. Giacomino was one of the court poets of Frederick II.

Textual History: Composition

Late 1840s, most probably.

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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