Folgore da San Geminiano. “Sonnet. Of virtue.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

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


“Table of Poets” in Early Italian Poets vol. 1, xxviii.

◦ Contini, Poeti de duecento vol. 1, 403-404.

Scholarly Commentary


The original sonnet is not included in the corpus of Folgore's works by modern editors; its authorship is unknown. DGR's source was Poeti del primo secolo (II. 694). The translation is quite free, particularly in the octave. For further commentary see commentaries for DGR's “Sonnet. To the Guelph Faction” and for its Italian original, “Guelfi, per fare scudo delle reni”.

Textual History: Composition

Almost certainly 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
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