The sonnet represents an interpretation of DGR's large oil replica of
Dream at the Time of the Death of Beatrice. It follows
the key details of the picture quite closely. The final line clearly indicates that
the author wrote the sonnet with DGR's translation of
in mind: see
Dante's discussion of
this scene in his autobiography.
The work recalls a poetical interpretation written in 1870 of DGR's picture
The manuscript poem has never been printed.