Rinaldo d'Aquino. “Canzone. He is resolved to be joyful in Love.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1861
Rhyme: abcabcdeffggfe
Meter: iambic pentameter and trimeter
Genre: canzone


“Table of Poets” in Early Italian Poets vol. 1, xxvi.

◦ Valeriani and Lampredi, Poeti del primo secolo vol. 1, 216-219.

◦ Panvini, Le rime della scuola siciliana vol. 1, 95-98.

◦ Contini, Poeti de duecento vol. 1, 111.

Scholarly Commentary


Though not much is known about Rinaldo D'Aquino (or as Dante calls him, Renaldus de Aquino), he was a Sicilian poet of Frederick's court and a person of consequence, perhaps a notary. St. Thomas Aquinas came from the same family and may even have been his brother. Dante quotes a line from one of his canzone—not one of the two translated by DGR—in the De Vulgari Eloquio (I. xii. 9 and II. v. 4).

DGR's source is the text in Poeti del primo secolo (I. 216-219). He follows the rhyme structure of the original poem exactly, and adheres as well to the metrical form, making only his usual pentameter and trimeter iambic substitutions.

Textual History: Composition

As with most of DGR's translations, this one cannot be exactly fixed. It is probably a fairly early work, however—done in the 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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