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A Poison Tree by William Blake

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Julia Richards

on 15 June 2015

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Transcript of A Poison Tree by William Blake

A Poison Tree by William Blake
Word choice, Imagery, and poetic devices
Mood and Tone
The reasoning of the poem based on the poet
Examples of how the poem uses condensed thought and feeling, as well as words which appear to have been selected for their connotation, as opposed to other possible choices.
And I watered it in fears"
He is helping the tree grow by watering it. The tree is a symbol of his anger.
And I sunned it with smiles
The person gave the tree sunshine so it could grow. He let his anger increase
Examples of how words and phrases have been chosen for their sound, as well as effective uses of poetic imagery.
"And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright."
These two lines were chosen for their sound because the rhyming at the end has contradicting meanings.
"In the morning glad I see,
My foe outstretched beneath the tree."
In these lines we see an image of the person looking upon his enemy who has broken under the revenge that grew inside them.
Specific poetic devices which have been incorporated into the poem and their purpose.
The tree is a metaphor for his anger getting greater as it grows. He "waters" it with tears and "gives it sun" by smiling down on it. The tree bear an apple that is a result of his anger and is a fruit that could kill his enemy. Also in the poem he talks about it growing day and night which mean he never stopped being angry at his foe.
Tone Support
The tone is set in the first stanza when they say that they were angry at their friend but couldn't stay that way and then when they tried releasing their angry at their enemy too they couldn't and it grew like a tree.
Tone: the emotions that are proper to that the author is trying to portray.
Is anger. The person is first angry at their friend but cant stay that way and then they are angry at their enemy and it grows.
Mood Support
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
In this line we see that they tried to forgive their enemy but the revenge within them took over and they only got angrier.
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.
Their need for revenge grew so strong that it killed their enemy.
Mood: The emotions that the audience feels while reading the poem.
The mood of this poem is revenge because we see the the person's hate toward their enemy they end up killing him but when they are angry at their friend the emotion soon dissipates.
The form or structure the poem and the likely reason for this choice by the poet.
William began writing his poems for children to read so that is why the language, and structure is fairly easy to understand. He is known for his "wrapping up complex ideas in very easy-to-unwrap packages"
Evidence of connections between the poems subject matter and the poets own life.
William was a deeply religious man and this influenced a lot of his work. The tree could have been the tree of knowledge from Adam and Eve and the fruit they ate was the apple of anger in this poem.
About the poet
William Blake was alive from 28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827. He was a poet, painter and printer. In his early life he was greatly influenced by the bible and only went to school till age ten. Just enough time for him to learn how to write and read. He went to the royal academy. Williams work was often criticized and he was stated as mad in his time. Now people view his work with admiration. He is viewed as creative and influencial figure in the visual arts.
A Poison Tree by William Blake
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 & 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.

: http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/william_blake/poems/1002
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