Returning to Brussels

Alternately titled: Filii Filia

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849 October
Rhyme: iambic pentameter
Meter: abbaabbadedfef
Genre: sonnet


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the Manuscript text from DGR's letter to WMR.

Scholarly Commentary


DGR first wrote this sonnet in October 1849 on his trip home from Belgium with Holman Hunt and he copied it into his letter to WMR of 18 October 1849 (see Family Letters (II. 79)). He did not publish the poem at the time. Later, in 1869, he conceived the idea of rewriting the sonnet slightly and pairing it with another early unpublished sonnet, the 1847 work known as “For an Annunciation. Early German”, and then publishing them together in the 1870 Poems under the title “Filii Filia”. He seems to have abandoned this idea just as he was about to execute it late in the elaborate proofing process for that volume.

Printing History

First printed in 1895 by WMR (see Family Letters (II. 79)) and collected thereafter.

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