Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Sonnet. He would slay all who hate their Fathers.”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1860
Rhyme: abbaabbacdecde
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet


“Introduction to Part II” (in Early Italian Poets) 212-217

◦ Lanza, ed., Rime. Cecco Angiolieri, 167-168

◦ Massera, ed., Sonetti Burleschi e Realistici, 117

Scholarly Commentary


This sonnet is commonly paired with the sonnet preceding it, another wonderful piece of vituperation against his father.

DGR's source text was Raccolta di Rime Antiche Toscane (II. 162).

For further general information about Cecco and his work see the commentary for “Dante Alighieri, Cecco, your good friend”).

Textual History: Composition

This seems to have been a late composition, as we judge from DGR's fair copy of his Italian source text, which is copied on paper stock with an 1860 watermark.

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
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