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A Poison Tree
Transcript of A Poison Tree
And he knew it was mine,"
"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 and morning with my tears;"
"And I sunned it with smiles,
And soft deceitful wiles."
"And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
28 Nov. 1757 - 12 Aug. 1827
I was irate with my friend:
I told him I was mad, and my anger ended.
I was irate with my enemy:
I did not tell, and my anger grew.
With my worries my anger grew,
I cried day and night;
I hid my anger by smiling,
And small hints of deceit.
The speaker talks about how he tells his friend he is mad at him,and his anger ends. Then how he does not tell his enemy he is mad and his anger does not end.
It grew with every sunrise and sunset,
And an apple grew from my anger.
My enemy was impressed by its beauty.
But he knew he could not have it
"And into my garden stole
When the night veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree
He crept into my garden
when he had the cover of darkness,
I was happy to see in the morning
My enemy lying under the tree
The last four lines are a cultural allusion to the story of Adam and Eve. The speaker's enemy eats the apple even though he knows he is not allowed to.
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These two lines have end rhyme. This is a characteristic that can be seen through out this poem. This helps by giving he reader a beat t follow
The alliteration can be seen with
"Sunned" and "smiles"
This gives the poem more of a musical effect
The apple has been seen as the fruit of sins as far back as biblical times