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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