Albertuccio della Viola. “Canzone. Of his Lady dancing.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1861
Rhyme: bcbcbca (with initial couplet aa)
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: canzone



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


Little is known of this poet other than that he was a Florentine. DGR's source text—which is clearly corrupt in the first stanza—is Poeti del primo secolo (I. 225-226). The translation is close in its imitation of the metrical features of the original but fairly free in other respects.

Textual History: Composition

The translation 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
Source File: 244d-1861.raw.xml