Gioia, nè ben non è senza conforto

Bonaggiunta Urbiciani

General Description

Date: 1250?
Rhyme: abcabcdeefdggf
Meter: setenarii and hendecasyllabics
Genre: canzone


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

◦ Contini, Poeti de duecento vol. 1, 257-259.

Raccolta di rime antiche toscane vol. 1, 344-345.

Scholarly Commentary


Bonaggiunta (ca. 1220-1296), a siculo-toscani poet born near Lucca, served as a judge and notary in Lucca from 1242-1267. His work shows the influence of the Sicilian school, especially Giacomo da Lentino and Giacomo Pugliesi. Bonaggiunta was an important conduit for introducing Sicilian poetry into Tuscany. Dante places him with the circle of the gluttons in the Purgatorio, where he makes Bonaggiunta the focus for an important discussion of early Italian poetry (canto XXIV. 19-20, 40-63).

DGR's Bonaggiunta supplies an important epigraph to his brilliant fictional manifesto “Hand and Soul”; the epigraph is from Bonaggiunta's “La mia amorosa mente”.

DGR's source text for his translation of this poem is the Raccolta di rime antiche toscane (I. 344-345).

See DGR's translation for further commentary.

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