246 • Adjectives fuse

246 • Adjectives fuse

Sighed the notable painter, Ravilious,
“Was ever a surname as silly as
The one that I use,
In which adjectives fuse
To imply I’m both ‘raving’ and ‘bilious’?”

They come around so quickly now, these anniversary acknowledgments of the death – in 1942 – of Eric Ravilious. One tends to hear small children, in galleries, referring to him with some mocking variant of the word ‘Ravioli’; interesting to read, above, how he himself construed the unusual surname.

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