Dante Alighieri. Sonnet. Of Beatrice de' Portinari, on All Saints' Day.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

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


“Introduction to Part II” (in Early Italian Poets) 189-193

◦ Foster and Boyd, Dante's Lyric Poetry, I.80-81 (II. 127-129) .


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


As DGR's note indicates, Dante's sonnet is closely related to the poems of praise in the Vita Nuova. The note underscores the centrality of Dante's autobiography to DGR's selection of translations.

The source text for DGR's translation was Fraticelli's Opere Minori di Dante Alighieri (I. 143).

DGR projected (but did not execute) a picture to accompany this sonnet.

Textual History: Revision

Probably an early translation, 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.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1