Tommaso Buzzuola, da Faenza. “Sonnet. He is in awe of his Lady.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848?
Rhyme: ababababcdeedc
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet



Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the Early Italian Poets text.

Scholarly Commentary


Several of the sonnets and canzoni of Tomaso Buzzuola, a judge in Faenza, have come down to us. He flourished ca. 1280 and is mentioned in passing in Dante's De Vulgari Eloquio (I. xiv. 3).

The translation is quite a close one, including at the purely formal level—although the original sestet's rhyme scheme differs in the translation. DGR's source text is Poeti del Primo Secolo (II. 254).

Textual History: Composition

The sonnet is probably an early work, from the late 40s or early 50s.

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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