17 11 / 2011

Adventures with Literacies
This rebus-sonnet (sonnetto figurato) by 16th-century Roman poet Giovambattista Palatino defies interpretation on a number of levels. Even if you don’t know Italian, however, you can determine that the rhyme scheme is of the “bootform-chest-chest-bootform” variety. 
Delpierre, Octave. Essai historique et bibliographique sur les rebus. London, 1870. Page 12. George Peabody Library, call no.: 790 D346 c. 1

Adventures with Literacies

This rebus-sonnet (sonnetto figurato) by 16th-century Roman poet Giovambattista Palatino defies interpretation on a number of levels. Even if you don’t know Italian, however, you can determine that the rhyme scheme is of the “bootform-chest-chest-bootform” variety. 

Delpierre, Octave. Essai historique et bibliographique sur les rebus. London, 1870. Page 12. George Peabody Library, call no.: 790 D346 c. 1