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Ciullo [Cielo] d'Alcamo

General Description

Date: 1231-1250
Meter: setenarii and hendecasyllabics
Genre: dialogue
DGR's text arranges the lines that come before the final couplet, which should be three alexandrines, as six irregular setenarii.


“Table of Poets”, Early Italian Poets vol. 1, xxiii-xxiv .

◦ Valeriani and Lampredi, Poeti del primo secolo vol. 1, 1-15.

◦ Panvini, Le rime della scuola siciliana vol. 1, 169-176.

◦ Contini Poeti de Duecento, vol. 1 175-185; vol. 2 819.


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the Poeti del primo secolo.

Scholarly Commentary


The dialogue is one of the earliest surviving examples of popular poetry devised in the Sicilian Court school of Frederick II in the mid-thirteenth-century. DGR's source text in Poeti del primo secolo (I. 1-15) alters the original metrical structure of the poem.

See DGR's translation for further commentary.

Textual History: Composition

Internal evidence shows the poem was written between 1231-1250.

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