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Beware the fury of a patient man

Beware the fury of a patient man

Despite the fact that it’s Friday and i’m in a pretty good mood I just can’t come up with anything witty or amusing to accompany this piece. So perhaps i’ll just go through the basics.

It’s a screenprinted commission on A3 card and is due to go to the framer any day now. The quote is from English poet John Dryden and is featured in his poem ‘Absalom and Achitophel‘ from 1681. Aside from the obvious interpretation of the line – that a patient man is slow to anger but that his anger will be mighty once roused – I’m not sure if what, if anything else, it’s meant to signify. The quote in context is:

‘How ill my fear they by my Mercy scan

Beware the fury of a patient man’

According to wikipedia ‘the poem is an allegory┬áthat uses the story of the rebellion of Absalom against King David as the basis for discussion of the background to the Monmouth Rebellion (1685), the Popish Plot (1678) and the Exclusion Crisis.’ All that is a little beyond me at the moment but i’m sure it’s all true.

I’m particularly pleased with the distressed feel to the piece and the slightly worn ‘id-iom certified’ stamp came out beautifully. Onwards and upwards…




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