to Part II” (in
Early Italian Poets)
This is a further ironical treatment of Dante Alighieri's famous
opening sonnet in the Vita
Nuova. It offers an outrageous dream for his friend's poetical interpretation,
just as Dante had asked for interpretations of his sonnet. Dante da Maiano's direct
(and better known)
response sonnet to Dante Alighieri's sonnet
gives a realistic medical explanation of Dante's dream sonnet.
DGR's source text was in the
del Primo Secolo (II. 499). See
DGR's translation for further commentary.