Dante Alighieri

(1265 - 1321 / Florence / Italy)

Autumn Song - Poem by Dante Alighieri

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

And how the swift beat of the brain
Falters because it is in vain,
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf
Knowest thou not? and how the chief
Of joys seems--not to suffer pain?

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the soul feels like a dried sheaf
Bound up at length for harvesting,
And how death seems a comely thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?


Comments about Autumn Song by Dante Alighieri

  • Gold Star - 33,938 Points Fabrizio Frosini (6/17/2015 12:29:00 PM)

    WHO PUT THIS POEM HERE? IT IS NOT BY DANTE ALIGHIERI...!

    It is a poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti...........! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    UNBELIEVABLE! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Terry Hicks (5/2/2011 11:26:00 AM)

    Happens that I am re-reading Dante for a class. This is the perfect translation for that purpose; it is as literal as possible. The translator barely saves the English grammar and flow several times, but it is such a clear paraphrase that I, who neither read nor speak Italian, could read the Italian out loud and scan the English for meaning. The power of the original actually comes through, and the greatest lines shine clearly without need of footnotes.
    For once, it is possible to get around the sad old definition of poetry as 'What is lost in translation.' (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 33,938 Points Fabrizio Frosini (6/17/2015 12:31:00 PM)

    re-reading DANTE for a class......? ? ? ?
    you kidding? ? ? ?
    AUTUMN SONG is a poem by Dante Gabriel ROSSETTI..! ! !

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 3, 2011


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