"Saw people mud-besprent in that lagoon"

Sinners fighting in circle five
Public DomainSinners fighting in circle five - Credit: William Blake

(Canto 7, line 110)

The poem divides the wrathful souls in angry ones and sullen ones; these first ones are of the former kind. Wrath is one of the traditional cardinal sins of Christianity (together with pride, greed, lust, gluttony, envy and sloth), but this division into two kinds of wrath, one more active and one more passive, is to be traced to St. Thomas Aristotle commentaries, where the wrathful are divided into three types.