Dante Alighieri


Dante Alighieri (c 1265-1321) was an Italian poet of the late Middle Ages most famous for The Divine Comedy, comprised of the three epic poems Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Dante wrote in the Italian vernacular rather than Latin, as was traditional. Dante lived in Florence but, due to political conflicts, was condemned to perpetual exile in the early 1300s, stripping him of his familial home and culture. Though married to Gemma di Manetto Donati of the powerful Donati family, he was in love with Beatrice Portinari whom he depicted in many of his works, often as an almost divine figure. Source

Upon a Day, Came Sorrow in to Me

Translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Upon a day, came Sorrow in to me,

         Saying, ‘I’ve come to stay with thee a while’;

         And I perceived that she had ushered Bile

And Pain into my house for company.

Wherefore I said, ‘Go forth – away with thee!’

         But like a Greek she answered, full of guile,

         And went on arguing in an easy style.

Then, looking, I saw Love come silently,

Habited in black raiment, smooth and new,

         Having a black hat set upon his hair;

And certainly the tears he shed were true.

         So that I asked, ‘What ails thee, trifler?’

Answering, he said: ‘A grief to be gone through;

         For our own lady’s dying, brother dear.’





Literary Movements:

Dolce Stil Novo

Anthology Years:



Love & Relationships

Mental Health

Literary Devices:


a line break interrupting the middle of a phrase which continues on to the next line


An inversion of typical syntax (word order).

Iambic Pentameter

a line of verse composed of five iambs– an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable (u / u / u / u / u /) commonly used in the Renaissance period


an instruction or a command


the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing


correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry


a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”