The Last Three from Trafalgar (At the Anniversary Banquet, 21st October 187-)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1878 October 21
Rhyme: abbaabbacddccd
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


◦ Sharp, DGR. A Record and a Study, 403.


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the The first edition of the 1881 Ballads and Sonnets..

Scholarly Commentary


DGR's letters do not mention having attended the the banquet that prompted this sonnet. The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on 21 October 1805.

Textual History: Composition

A single manuscript survives, a fair copy in a bound volume of manuscripts at Princeton.

Printing History

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

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 4-1878.raw.xml