The Agenbite of Inwit

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The Agenbite of Inwit
by Dale Copeland
Mixed media assemblage
100 compartments, in the frame of an old car seat
Mirrors, symbols, badges of association
Collection of Donna Willard-Moore

From James Joyce's "Ulysses" - his made-up phrase signifying the repeated bite, self-inflicted, the wound of inlooking, the hurt of self-analysis, self knowledge.
James Joyce says it better.

Peperino Pomoro of Argentine has been kind enough to give me more information, with:

"Excuse me if I correct you, but "Ayenbite of Inwyt" is not a made-up phrase but the title of a religious story from the anglo-normand period of English literature (13th century). James Joyce took this title that means `remorse of conscience' to make it a part of Leopold Bloom's character (Ullyses)"

And Erik in McLean, VA, wrote:

"You must have already heard this, but just in case: This is not a made-up phrase. It is the title of an Early Middle English religious treatise dealing with "remorse of conscience," which is what the words mean. Agen (pronounced ayen' , with the stress on the second syallable) is a pretty good equivalent of the Latin "re" prefix, and of course the morse part comes from Latin for bite. In-wit is the old word for conscience, the knowledge [of right and wrong] that is born in a person."

I am grateful for all this extra knowledge.


Dale's studio can be found on Surf Highway, Taranaki, New Zealand

More of her work can be seen on the Virtual TART site at http://virtual.tart.co.nz/Dale

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