Shelley’s Years in Italy

Shelley’s years in Italy were dominated by Dante, whom he now read in Italian. His ‘Ode to the West Wind’, which meant so much to Lawrence, was written in terza rima, and his translation of the opening section of Purgatory, Canto 28, posthumously published as ‘Matilda gathering flowers’, was the first attempt at rhymed terza rima in English.

From Burning Man: The Ascent of D H Lawrence by Frances Wilson