Concentred Companionship

William Michael Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848
Rhyme: abbaabbacdeecd
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


◦ Baum, Manuscripts in the Duke University Library, 14-16, 56-65

◦ Winwar, “Dante Gabriel's or William Michael's?” 1933, 312-315

Scholarly Commentary


This is one of the group of sonnets that DGR and WMR wrote to rhymes set by each other. The brothers played this verse game between 1847-1849, and principally in 1848. The rule was that the sonnet should be written quickly, in five to ten minutes (see WMR's note in 1911, pages 673-674 ). Twenty-six survive, fourteen having been published by WMR in 1911 (pages 263-267). Paull Franklin Baum published eighteen in his Analytical List of Manuscripts in the Duke University Library pages 56-65 .

Although all of the sonnets first published by Baum are in DGR's autograph, Frances Winwar has persuasively argued that a number are not DGR's but WMR's. This is one of the nine Winwar assigns to WMR. Its manuscript text is heavily revised by DGR

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