A Long Road, but with an End

William Michael Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

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


◦ Paull F. Baum, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Analytical List of Manuscripts in the Duke University Library (1931), 14-16, 56-65

◦ Frances Winwar, “Dante Gabriel's or William Michael's?” (March 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 1911, pages 673-674 ). Eighteen survive, six of which were published by WMR in his edition of 1911, pages 263-267 . Paull Franklin Baum published the rest in his Analytical List of Manuscripts in the Duke University Library pages 56-65 , among which was this poem.

Although all of the sonnets first published by Baum are in DGR's autograph, Frances Winwar has argued that a number of them are not DGR's but WMR's. This is one of the nine Winwar assigns to WMR. This particular sonnet was probably written by WMR, but it carries many revisions by DGR.

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