Bonaggiunta Urbiciani, da Lucca. “Sonnet. Of Continence in Speech.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

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


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

◦ Contini, Poeti de duecento vol. 1, 257-259.


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


The sentiment of the original sonnet is quite Rossettian (see e.g. “On Refusal of Aid Between Nations”). DGR's translation of the original sonnet is quite close. His source is the Raccolta di rime antiche toscane (I. 330).

Textual History: Composition

Probably 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.

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