Giovanni Boccaccio. “Sonnet. Inscription for a Portrait of Dante.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1850-1860?
Rhyme: abbaabbacdecde
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


◦ Villarosa, ed., Raccolta, IV. 62

◦ Ricci, ed., Opere in versi

Scholarly Commentary


This is the second of three sonnets by or attributed to Boccaccio that DGR translated because of what DGR called “the enthusiastic reverence” that Boccaccio had for Dante and his work. (The other two are “To one who had censured his public Exposition of Dante” and “To Dante in Paradise, after Fiammetta's death”.) Contemporary scholars like Ricci do not include this sonnet among Boccaccio's authoritative works.

DGR's source text for his translation is the sonnet numbered CVIII in the Boccaccio section of the collection Raccolta di Rime Antiche Toscane (IV. 62).

Textual History: Revision

As with most of DGR's translations of the early Italian poets, the date of this one cannot be determined with certainty. It is probably one of the later translations.

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: 93d-1861.raw.xml