Youth and Lordship (Italian Street Song)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1871
Rhyme: a3b3a4a3, a3b3a3b3b3a3
Meter: iambic with variations
Genre: translation

Scholarly Commentary


This is DGR's translation of an anonymous street song which he appears to have translated during his 1871 sojourn at Kelmscott with Jane Morris. That context, which inevitably shapes one's sense of the poem's import, is underscored by the presence of the Bodleian manuscript.

Textual History: Composition

The text of the Italian song is worked into three pages of Note Book 1 in the Ashley Library, along with a draft text of stanza one of DGR's translation. A fair copy is included among the miscellaneous poems DGR gathered at the back of the gift book of verses he gave to Mrs. Morris in 1874, along with a fair copy of the Italian original. Fair copies of the Italian text and of the translation are also in the Lilly Library. These were printer's copy for the 1881 publication. Another fair copy of both original and translation is preserved in the Library of Congress, and the Boston Public Library has what appears to be the earliest of the manuscripts of the song and DGR's translation.

Printing History

First published in DGR's 1881 Poems. A New Edition. and collected thereafter.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 41b-1871.raw.xml