Vivaldi divides the text of the sonnet on which this concerto is based between its three movements:
A sonnet has fourteen lines divided into two quatrains (four lines) and two tercets.
I. Allegro non molto
F minor
First quatrain

To tremble from cold in the icy snow,

In the harsh breath of a horrid wind;

To run, stamping one's feet every moment,

Our teeth chattering in the extreme cold

II. Largo
Eb major
Lines 1 and 2 of the second quatrain

Before the fire to pass peaceful,

Contented days while the rain outside pours down.

III. Allegro
F minor
Lines 3 and 4 of the second quatrain and tercets 1 and 2

We tread the icy path slowly and cautiously,

for fear of tripping and falling.

Then turn abruptly, slip, crash on the ground and,

rising, hasten on across the ice lest it cracks up.

We feel the chill north winds course through the home

despite the locked and bolted doors...

this is winter, which nonetheless

brings its own delights.

Translation courtesy of Wikipedia.

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