Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet (Dante to Forese). He taunts him concerning his Wife.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1861
Rhyme: ababbabacdecde
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


“Introduction to Part II” (in Early Italian Poets) 189-193

◦ Foster and Boyde (text) I.148-149

◦ Foster and Boyd, Dante's Lyric Poetry, I. 148-149 (II. 242-243) .


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the Early Italian Poets text..

Scholarly Commentary


DGR included two of the flyting sonnets Dante wrote against his brother-in-law Forese Donate, and two of Forese's against Dante, in his essay on the episode. This is the second and less successful piece. See the editorial commentary on the sequence as a whole as well as the commentary on the other sonnet.

DGR's source text was either Fraticelli's Opere minori di Dante Alighieri (I. 149) or Luigi Fiacchi's Scelta di Rime Antiche (page 12).

Textual History: Composition

This may have been a later work of DGR's translation process—perhaps 1860 or 1861.

Printing History

The translation was first published in 1861 in The Early Italian Poets; it was reprinted unaltered in 1874 in Dante and his Circle.

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