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A Poison Tree
Transcript of A Poison Tree
Stanza 1 Analysis
Stanza 2 Analysis
Stanza 3 Analysis
"I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end."
This is probably a close friend of the author, thus he can control his anger towards his friend.
His friend was probably of great help to him in the past.
"I was angry with my foe;
I told it not, my wrath did grow."
The anger the enemy had caused may not be big, however with the author's impression of him, the enemy's actions enraged the author, and his wrath grew.
Summary of Stanza 1
To the author, the anger sparked by a friend of his can be controlled, for they are friends after all.
However, when the enemy was the troublemaker, it was difficult for the author to control his anger as he and the enemy have never been on good terms, thus sparking off more frustration.
"And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;"
As the wrath (or tree) grew, it has thrived on negative tears and fears, highlighting the author's sorrow and anxiety.
The author has been crying throughout the whole day, leading to the growth of the tree.
"And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles."
The author has been faking smiles when he sees his enemy, and deceiving his enemy that he is on good terms with him.
Stanza 2 Summary
The tree/wrath in the heart of the author was a result of daily tears and demons in his heart. The pain and fear the author went through has summed up into a wrath (resembling a tree).
The author's life is full of negativity due to this as his smiles are fake and meant to deceive.
"And it grew day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright."
The wrath grew throughout the day and night, till the author could not contain any longer and made a plot to get his revenge.
"And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine."
His enemy fell for the author's trick and the author got his revenge.
Summary of Stanza 3
The author's anger grew till it became revenge.
The revenge and hatred for his enemy became so dark that the exterior of it looked nice, while the interior was full of deceiving darkness, of which the enemy fell for.
By William Blake
Stanza 4 Analysis
"And into my garden stole,
When the night had veild the pole;
In the morning glad I see;
My foe outstretched beneath the tree."
The last stanza tells us that the author's enemy fell for his trick. This was likened to him sneaking to the author's garden in the night and stealing the author's apple.
Upon eating the apple, the enemy dropped dead beneath the tree as the apple was poisonous. The enemy had been avenged, and the author was glad to find him dead the next morning.
Introduction of Author
born on 28 November 1757 in London
painter and poet
first poem written when he was 12
'Songs of Innocence' and 'Songs of Experience' most well known works.
Reason for Writing
warn about the ill effects of holding malice inside oneself
use language to resolve conflicts instead of letting anger grow silently inside.
Metaphor - anger/apple
Rhyme - friend/end
Repetition - and