Le Rime (The Rhymes) are a group of lyric poems by Dante Alighieri written throughout his life and based on the poet's varied existential and stylistic experiences. They were not designed as a collection by Dante himself, but were collected and ordered later by modern critics.

Statue of Dante in Florence, Italy

A subsection of the collection is a group of four poems known as the Rime Petrose, love poems dedicated to a woman called Petra, composed around 1296.[1] Stylistically those poems are regarded as a transition between the love lyric of La Vita Nuova and the more sacred subject matter of the Divine Comedy.[2]


  1. ^ Sheehan, Donald (1967). "A Reading of Dante's Rime petrose". Italica. 44 (2): 144–62. JSTOR 477749.
  2. ^ Sturm-Maddox, Sara (1987). "The Rime Petrose and the Purgatorial Palinode". Studies in Philology. 84 (2): 119–363. JSTOR 4174263.

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