Dante Alighieri. “Ballata. He will gaze upon Beatrice.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848; 1861
Rhyme: AaBAaBBCcX; refrain, YZzX
Meter: iambic trimeter and pentameter
Genre: ballata


“Introduction to Part II” (in The Early Italian Poets) 206-211

◦ Marti, ed., Poeti del dolce stil nuovo 459-460

Scholarly Commentary


Although DGR's source text, Fraticelli's Opere Minori di Dante Alighieri (I. 105), attributes the poem to Dante, scholars now agree it is actually by Cino da Pistoia. DGR's translation is a superb tour de force in rendering the complex metrical form of the original ballata. DGR associates the poem, understandably enough, with the poetical group of texts by Dante that relate to the Vita Nuova: see commentary for “To certain Ladies; when Beatrice was lamenting her Father's Death”.

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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