Franco Sacchetti. “Catch. On a Wet Day.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849?; 1861
Rhyme: irregular
Meter: irregular iambic
Genre: song
This is a “caccia”, a form for musical accompaniment and several voices.


“Table of Poets” in Early Italian Poets, xxxv-xxxvi.

Raccolta di rime antiche toscane, IV. 208-210 (see also 174-176).


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Scholarly Commentary


Like the other translations from Sacchetti, this is somewhat free. Although DGR had access—probably at some later period in his long process of translations—to a text of the poem in Trucchi's Poesie Italiane inedite (II. 177-179), his title and the poem's physical form suggests strongly that his source text was the Raccolta di rime antiche toscane (IV. 208-210).

For commentary on Sachetti and his work see DGR's translation of the “Ballata. His Talk with certain Peasant Girls”.

Textual History: Composition

Probably early, 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.

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