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A Poison Tree

William Blake

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Added by: juliette
Its a poem about emotions and how if we keep them inside they swell into a deep poison that eventually kills us, or in a more realistic sense, causes us to feel and commit actions we wouln't normally do because of this said poison.
do we really need to think that deep?
Added by: zi
who doesn't feel anger?!..this poem is mainly talking about hatred and wrath that occur in a person's mind and heart. It says that it is easier to tell what we really feel to those we're close to..but once it comes to facing the real enemy, we back out..we keep it inside..until it grows and grows...until something that just came from a seed of anger nurtures into a fruit that would harm anyone because once anger takes over..we can't do anything about it..

according to the poem, hatred has formed in his soul and like what happened on the garden of Eden. the enemy saw the apple and tooka bite from it..showing us that the enemy have been deceived by his "deceitful wiles".

at the end the enemy dies because of his curiousity and his will to fight the enemy..but he was so wrong to go against the wrath of someone who had kept his hatred on his heart and mind for a long long time...
Added by: ESsie
I think the ending in this poem is a surprise because of the beginning, how he had done the right thing and told his friend of his anger. i was expecting there to be some sort of a positive ending because of the beginning but actually he doesn't even show remorse of his crime, which makes the reader realize how corrupted we are.
A Poison Tree
Added by: mike
I think William Blake was going through a lot of agony and pain when he wrote this poem. He must of been emotionaly depressed because of something somebody did to him. He must of wrote this poem to express his feelings of how he felt he was blatenley angrey
Added by: vanessa
wow. Intersting way of expressing ideas. I'm inpressed and overly bewildered.
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Added by: Jessie
This poem reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe's Poem. The constant bother of hate. The wish of death. Although in this poem the author is glad to see the foe dead and it does not eat at his soul. It still holds true.
Blake's poems
Added by: Meneca
i was looking over the poems and i must admit i like this one and u guys are funny
Added by: jamy
in my view (because trhat's what a peom is, it's the tale not the teller) so anyone with an opinion on this peom that can back it up with evidence from the text is right. i have not really looked at this peom in detail but the blake peoms i have read are usualy about the curruption of your minds and souls, the way our "civilisation" is destroying nature. when these peoms where written the industrial revolution was underway, which blake was not fond of because the factories where owned by already rich people powered by their greed who were manipulating the poorer people. blake may have been trying to get a message accross about our morality as well. what stands out about william blake's peotry is that it is all still relevant today. "thou art sick!" i personaly think is the most powerful line of all blakes peotry.
A Poison Tree - By William Blake
Added by: mads
I feel that few, or none, or the replies/analyses are very 'deep', for lack of a better word. Yes - it is quite obvious that without keeping one's anger in check it grows and grows until it 'explodes'. This 'insight' is simply rewording the poem into 'unrhyming' English, something that most could do with ease. Analysis of poems requires something a little more intelligent. It is one thing to translate, and another to actually grasp the concept that the author seeks to describe/explain.
I came to this site in the hope of having/reading some intelligent well thought out views of the poem's meaning. Unfortunately, all I managed to stumble across was childish bickering regarding the poems 'English' meaning. No thought seems to have been put into the replies whatsoever.

I am not simply going to criticise those people who have come here to give their insight, but for those who read the poem once, thought for perhaps 2 minutes then typed a reply regarding the actual meaning I implore you to re-read the poem at least once before giving your 'oh-so-useful insights'. I do have some insights, not particularly good [hence my searching for insights from others] , of my own.

William Blake redefined Christianity and lived in the way he believed was 'correct'. The apple in the poem could be the apple from the bible's story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. In this story Adam and Eve turned out to be enemies to themselves - does this mean that the foe in this poem was actually the man himself? I believe so. Then in the end of the poem where it says "In the morning glad i see. | My foe outstretchd beneath the tree." Does this mean that Adam/Eve were pleased that God 'kicked' them out of the Garden of Eden, were they pleased that their 'demons' had been extinguished, so to speak? the apple itself is something of a two-handed sword - it shone and invited the foe, yet it also lead to his death. One must ask, how can something so beautiful and natural be so deadly?
I believe that Blake was not only trying to allow the reader time to contemplate many religious questions, but also trying to allow them to build their own morals - drawing from religions and basic philosophy.
There are my insights, I hope they may be more useful than some of the bickering from this site.
Apologies if these are not really that useful - however, these are only my preliminary thoughts.
Added by: Mondoug
Someone defined 'unforgiveness' as taking poison and expecting the other person to die. Current research on anger/hatred seems to show a direct correlation between "one's" holding onto anger/hatred and the "one's" future personal physiological/emotional health. So, I am a tad confused by Blake's poetic intent - the poetic outcome appears to fly in the face of current research - or am I taking it too literally?

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