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A Poison Tree by William Blake

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Transcript of A Poison Tree by William Blake

Poem
Meaning
William Blake
Poetic Devices
Poetic Devices
Poetic Devices
Connection
The meaning of the poem "A Poison Tree" is one that should always be kept in mind. This moral is, holding a grudge will harm yourself and others around you.

If one does not release this anger, it will either make you paranoid and depressed or turn you into some kind of aggressive monster even if you have a good heart.

The best way to handle your emotion is to confront the person bothering you and to let them know how you feel,this must be done without violence.

William Blake, the poet, in the first stanza tells the readers that, when he told his friend he was mad at him, the anger vanished. But when he kept his anger towards his foe within him, it grew and his fear and anxiety grew with it. In the end, his anger reached its peak and it ended the relationship between him and his enemy.
William Blake was born on November 28, 1757 and died August 12, 1827, he was sixty-nine years old.

He supposedly had six siblings but only five survived infancy.

Mr. Blake was very religious and believed entirely in God.

When he was a young boy, Mr. William Blake pleaded that he saw a tree filled with angels and at another time God outside his window, these occurrences probably acted as a spark to his religiousness. Although, throughout his life he questioned his religion and human existence itself.

In fact, he created this poem to show his own opinion about the story of "The Garden Of Eden". Mr. Blake was extremely skilled, he was awarded with the ability to read, write, draw, paint, and engrave.

He taught, his wife Catherine to write, in which later in her life she became an accomplished draftsman and his brother, Robert to draw, paint, and engrave.
William Blake wrote the poem, " A Poison Tree" for many reasons.

Firstly, Mr. Blake wanted to warn his readers that remaining silent about our anger only hinders personal and spiritual growth, making us bitter, and that a grudge left unchecked becomes dangerous, even murderous.

Secondly, he wanted to show us how our body reacts to such bitter feelings which is that when religious obligations and criteria of social morality start to get slammed upon the human spirit, it chokes the spirit’s ability to carry out acts of goodness and suffocates the love that the human spirit comes filled with because the love does not know how to be restrained by these laws.
Symbols In The Poem
A symbol contains several meanings not just its literal definitions in the dictionary and it represents several aspects in the poem. An example of a symbol in "A Poison Tree" is the apple, William Blake uses the apple to represent his growing anger towards his foe...
And it grew both day and night.
Till it bore an apple bright.

Another example is the garden, it is symbolic as the Garden of Eden in the story of Adam and Eve.
Rhymes In The Poem
Stanzas plus Rhyme Scheme In The Poem
Rhymes refer to the recurrence of similar sounds in poetry that creates some kind of rhythm. Mr. Blake used this literary device all through out the poem from the first to the last line. An example of rhymes in the poem can be extracted from the first stanza. He states,
I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

The last words of each line sounds the same as the previous line, friend sounds similar to end and foe to grow.
Stanza refers to a single related chunk of lines that forms a particular group in poetry, a rhyme scheme is usually included in a stanza. A basic form of a stanza is usually four lines per group with a rhyme scheme of a-a-b-b which is the rhyme scheme used in this poem. This means that lines one and two rhyme and so does three and four, the endings of lines two and three are different. An example of a stanza in this poem is the last group of lines,

And into my garden stole,
When the night had veild the pole;
In the morning glad I see;
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

A Poison Tree
by William Blake

William Blake

A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

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