Youth's Antiphony

Alternately titled: Love's Antiphony

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1871
Rhyme: abbaabbacddccd
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


◦ WMR, DGR Designer and Writer, 193-194

◦ Baum, ed., House of Life 85


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the The first edition of the Ballads and Sonnets text.

Scholarly Commentary


DGR gave the sonnet two distinct textual environments: as the thirteenth sonnet in the 1881 “House of Life” sequence; and as the second of a three-sonnet triptych that he titled “Love and Loss” and gave to Jane Morris, apparently in 1871. In the latter it is titled “Love's Antiphony”.

Textual History: Composition

Four holograph manuscripts of the sonnet come down to us. The earliest is the corrected draft gathered in the Troxell composite “House of Life” sequence, where its initial title, “The Symphony”, is cancelled. From this derives the fair copy in the “Love and Loss” triptych and the fair copy gathered into the “Kelmscott Love Sonnets” sequence. In these manuscripts the poem is titled “Love's Antiphony”. The copy in the Fitzwilliam composite “House of Life” sequence is in the hand of May Morris and descends from DGR's fair copy now in the Bancroft Museum library. One of the latter was printer's copy for the 1881 publication.

Printing History

First published in the 1881 Ballads and Sonnets and collected thereafter.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 4-1871.raw.xml