Dante Alighieri. “Sonnet. A Curse for a fruitless Love.”

Alternately titled: “Sonnet. To the Lady Pietra Scrovigni.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

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


◦ Luigi di Benedetto, ed., Rimatori di dolce stil novo Bari 1939 229

Fraticelli (1834) CCLXXXIII-CCLXXXIV, 132-133

◦ Marti 903-904

Scholarly Commentary


In the Early Italian Poets text DGR associates this sonnet with Pietra degli Scrovigni, as the subtitle there indicates, but when he reprinted it in the 1874 Dante and His Circle text he changed the title and added a note associating the poem with Beatrice. The sonnet remained among the texts assigned to Dante, as it had been in DGR's Italian editorial source document Fraticelli (1834) (I. 132-133). In fact, however, the sonnet is not by Dante but by Cino da Pistoia, and of course it has no relation to Pietra degli Scrovigni.

Textual History: Composition

As with nearly all of these translations, we don't know precisely when DGR made this one.

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