Cecco Angiolieri lived in Siena c.1260-1312.
His sonnets exhibit a sense of theater combined with
"attitude," as it is called these days.
There are many Cecco sites on the web of which one is
Sonnet 17 Quand' i solev' udir
Sonnet 22 Becchina mia!Cecco, nol ti confesso.
Sonnet 65 Tutto quest' anno; "For this whole year I've managed to repress"
Sonnet 80 La stremità mi richer; "Misery declares that I'm her son"
Sonnet 81 Per sì gran somma; "My laugh's in hock for such a pile of change."
Sonnet 86 Si fosse foco, arderei l mondo; "If I were fire, I'd burn up the world."*
Sonnet 87 Tre cose solamente mi so' in grado; "Only three things interest me at all"
Sonnet 97 Chi dice del suo padre, "Who merely dreams of scoffing at his dad"
Sonnet 102 Dante Alighier, s'i' so bon begolardo; "Dante, if I'm head fool it's by a narrow margin"
Sonnet 103 Quando Ner Picciolin tornò di Francia; "When Picciolini got back here from France."
*this translation of Sonnet 86 was first published in the Monadnock Review.
translations©1999, 2001 Leonard Cottrell