At the Sun-Rise in 1848

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848
Rhyme: abbaabbaacddca
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the The fair copy at Yale. .

Scholarly Commentary


As WMR's 1911 note to this sonnet remarks, this is one of DGR's very few directly political poems. It is also notable for the entirely positive view it takes of the epochal events of the “year of revolutions”, 1848. His other political poems tend to be either skeptical or darkly mordant—for example, “On Refusal of Aid Between Nations” (written a year later).

Textual History: Composition

Three manuscripts are known: a draft at Princeton; a corrected copy at Texas; and a fair copy at Yale.

Printing History

First published by WMR in his collected edition of 1886, and kept thereafter.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 6-1848.raw.xml