[Anonymous] “Ballata. One speaks of his false Lady.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1861
Rhyme: abaabccc
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: ballata


◦ Trucchi, Poesie Italiane inedite vol. 2 165.

Scholarly Commentary


The translation departs the original in interesting ways both in form and content. Most notable, perhaps, is DGR's regularization of the Italian rhyme scheme, which is highly irregular.

The work remains anonymous to scholars; it appears to be a late thirteenth- or early fourteenth-century work. DGR's source text was Trucchi's Poesie Italiane inedite (II. 165), where it is said to be set for singing in three voices.

Textual History: Composition

Probably a later translation, late 1850s.

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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