Dante’s description of Anger is gloriously conveyed in Clive James’ translation by the delicious echo of ‘plots and plans’ in ‘pots and pans’.  And reduced to but a clattering din in the house, you have to wonder if it’s worth it.  As Homer describes it, hostility is heart-breaking.

 

‘The third man feels disgraced by some insult

And hungers for revenge, and plots and plans,

And makes another’s harm into a cult

That hangs around the house like pots and pans,

And this is Anger.’

 

Source: Dante,The Divine Comedy (Purgatory, Canto 17), trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. 262

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