Dello da Signa. “Ballata. His Creed of Ideal Love.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1861
Rhyme: a3b`5c`5a`3b5c5d`3e5f`5d3e5f`5g5h3i5j`5g5h3i5j5
Meter: iambic
Genre: double sonnet (inverted)

Scholarly Commentary


Nothing of this author, who flourished in the late thirteenth-century, is known. DGR's source text isPoeti del primo secolo (II. 159). The designation of the poem as a ballata is DGR's but it is not strictly speaking correct.

Textual History: Composition

Probably late 1840s or early 1850s.

Printing History

The translation was first published in 1861 inThe Early Italian Poets; it was reprinted in 1874 inDante and his Circle

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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