Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. On the 9th of June, 1290.”

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.74-77 (II. 120-121) .

Scholarly Commentary


The sonnet is closely associated with the events in Section XXIII of the Vita Nuova, and in particular with the canzone translated by DGR as “A very pitiful lady, very young”. The translation is close to the original in all respects.

The source text for DGR's translation was Fraticelli's Opere Minori di Dante Alighieri (I. 144).

Textual History: Composition

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
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