[Anonymous] “Ballata. One speaks of his feigned and real Love.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1861
Rhyme: a5b3a5b3 b3c3c3d5 (with refrain a3b3b3a5), where the a rhyme corresponds to the d rhyme in the stanza)
Meter: iambic
Genre: ballata


◦ Trucchi, Poesie Italiane inedite vol. 2,49 (see also page 48).

Scholarly Commentary


The translation stays close to the original in both its technical and its substantive aspects. It is in fact a superb tour de force. The ballata's author remains anonymous, but it is an early thirteenth-century work. DGR's source text was Trucchi's Poesie Italiane inedite (II. 49)

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
Source File: 80d-1861.raw.xml