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A Poison Tree Analysis



Author: poem of William Blake Type: poem Views: 243


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 waterd 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 outstretchd beneath the tree.

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The poem is structured in four quatrains of couplets. The theme uses the garden, the tree and apple as metaphors that alludes to the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and the tree of knowledge with its forbidden apple. So Adam is the friend and Eve is the foe, which makes the speaker the serpent. So the theme would be Biblical about temptation and not having sex until you are married or else you will lose your soul to the devil who hates you and hides behind deceitful smiles.

| Posted on 2013-02-26 | by a guest


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I like this poem very much.It says the truth.Even my . experienced it.I also think even the author had had a experinced it.I too have a quote\"During exams,best friends and sleep are same.They always distrub us .

| Posted on 2012-09-11 | by a guest


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This is one of the wonderful of william Blake.In this poem he says about the true friendship between two normal persons.If you find any mistake in your friend say to him and change him immediately.

| Posted on 2012-08-08 | by a guest


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Heather Rochelle Cook
7th April 2012
“The Poison Tree”
William Blake uses a very distinct tone in this poem. It is one of maliciousness and bitterness. Blake uses an, (a a, b b) rhyme scheme in this poem that also ends with a rhyming couplet. In stanza one, Blake is showing the audience how different one might act towards ones’ friend and how they may use a different course of action when referring to one of their “foes”. He can talk to his friend about his “wrath” but has a harder time telling his foe. In stanza two, Blake is referring maybe to a tree that grows as he “watered it with fears…sunned it with smiles and soft deceitful wiles”. He is stating there that his enemy might not even know he is being tricked by the speaker, causing his foe to get closer. This to me is what the quote, “Keep your friends close, and keep your enemies closer” means. With that being said, I believe this is the cause of Blake’s deviousness. He wants his foe to fall in his trap. “And it grew both day and night”, is simply saying that the longer that you hold in your hurts or true feelings, the stronger they might grow inside of you, until you finally burst. He shows this in line ten by using an apple sprouting from the tree, “till it bore an apple bright”. Finally, the speakers’ plan has worked. His foe took the apple like he had hoped, and because the tree was nourished around nothing but hate and anger surrounding its environment, it sprouts a “bad apple”. In this poem the bad apple is a “poisoned apple”, and in result kills the speakers’ enemy. This can very easily relate to two life lessons that come to my mind. If you build up your emotions to the point where they explode, the explosion itself might remain harmed forever. I can also simply compare this to the average “everyday life”. If you are a growing adolescent in a traumatized or stressful household while learning to grow, things like temper, hate or everyday usages in your household can adapt inside of you and has a lot to do with the person you grow up to be. Blake planted a bad seed and basically grew it throughout the hardships of an enemy, and therefore the tree grew into, “A Poison Tree”. In reality, the way that we are nourished during early childhood can someday definitely bring out our true demeanors.

| Posted on 2012-05-29 | by a guest


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Over the course of the poem, anger is developed as a poisoned tree. In the first three stanzas, the metaphor of anger as a tree is developed using imagery that is suggestive of trees. In these stanzas, the development of anger from a seed to a tree is shown as it grows, it is watered and sunned, or nurtured and allowed to thrive, and eventually bears fruit, “an apple bright.” Consonance is used in one instance to control the tone and mood of the events in the poem. In lines seven and eight, the soft “s” sound is repeated, giving the lines a softer and more deceitful and cunning tone. Allusions are also apparent in the third and fourth stanza when the tree bears an apple which the foe beholds, and when the enemy steals into the garden. This allusion to the Garden of Eden is used to bring the poem into a more biblical realm, which is typical of Blake’s work.
In the first stanza, the consequence of allowing anger to continue instead of stopping it as it begins is shown. This consequence is simply that it will continue to grow. However, as the poem progresses, it is seen that this continued growth of anger can yield harmful results as the enemy, or foe, is lured toward the tree and eats of its fruit, the poison apple. This kills his foe, as he is seen outstretched beneath the tree, a sight the speaker is glad to see the next morning. These final two lines explain one of the main themes of the poem, which is that anger leads to self destruction. The speaker’s anger grows and eventually becomes so powerful that it has changes from simple anger with another person, to desire to see them dead. One of the subjects of Blake’s work was the underworld, or Hell, and knowing this, it can be seen that the destruction which results from anger is not physical, but spiritual. In addition, the death of the foe, which the speaker is glad to see, does not spiritually affect the foe as the speaker is affected, but only physically harms the foe.

| Posted on 2012-03-29 | by a guest


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us too we are doing the same poem owesome isnt it so we r not the only ones who study poetry coool

| Posted on 2012-01-23 | by a guest


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we are studying this poets poems i hate oems but ms yolanda makes them stand out and become better and understood any ways still hate poems sufaring with this unit 3 poems a day to analyse soo much work

| Posted on 2012-01-23 | by a guest


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the poem can be very confusing but the main idea of it is the negetive emotions that are portrayed that untimatly lead to death.

| Posted on 2011-11-24 | by a guest


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I think that this poem very cleary describes someones anger against his or hers enmey. what basically happens is that he or her gets really angry at his or her foe and soon before you know it he or her has already started growing a tree and soon feed it to his or her foe. The person feeds this tree with fears waters it with tears and sinned it with evil smiles. Willam Blake has done very well in describng anger in a different kind of way. So well done and have funnnn.

| Posted on 2011-11-22 | by a guest


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This poem is not about the consequences of bottling up your anger instead of expressing it openly. It is about the mutually destructive consequences of being self-indulgent enough to classify some people as your enemies. It is a vindication of \"love your enemies\".
It is because you have enemies that you cannot speak as frankly as you can with friends, in case your words are misinterpreted and resented. As a result your anger is more likely to fester. That is the theme of the first stanza.
At the end of the second stanza this policy of dissimulation takes an ugly turn. The affected smiles have been reinforced with \"soft deceitful wiles\". In the third stanza this develops into deliberate entrapment. The enemy is enticed by a tempting fruit with a poisonous core, just as Eve was lured by the serpent in the garden of Eden.
In the final stanza, the enemy takes the bait, and it ultimately (\"in the morning\") leads to his doom (\"outstretched beneath the tree\"). The actual nature of the trap is not explained and not important. It might be a compromising relationship, or it might be exposure for actual theft. What is important is the first party\'s reaction. He is \"glad\".
In other words, the first party has himself been corrupted. His anger has evolved into rancour, his self-pity into self-righteousness, his speechlessness into gloating, his innocence into guilt. In short, he has imperilled his immortal soul. He has destroyed not only his enemy, but himself.

| Posted on 2011-08-29 | by a guest


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I think the theme of the poem is that one must be honest with onself and with others.

| Posted on 2011-07-28 | by a guest


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i think it means allot of things but the poem tells us how this guy is keeping his anger insid him and not letting it out, this is the same as nurturing it.Eventually the hatred grows into a poison tree with an apple and when the foe thinks he is at his weakest he takes the apple which kills him.So I think the best thing to do is just tell the person they are hurting you or making you angry which would be better than holding a grudge against someone because it only leads to bad things:D xxx

| Posted on 2011-05-26 | by a guest


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the main theme of this poetry is being positive and control your anger

| Posted on 2011-05-17 | by a guest


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Isn\'t there also a reference to the Bible, particularly to the part where Eva eates the apple? And isn\'t the tree a symbol for the sins of men, to continue with the biblical references? This might look like a simple poem, but there is still much more in this than you might think.
(sorry for my bad English, I am no Englishman)

| Posted on 2011-04-29 | by a guest


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William Blake has not only succesfully created imagery using an appropriate choice of words, he has also portrayed some kind of neglegence and hatred, this is mainly shown through the main meaning of the poem, if you do not forgive and forget your anger will grow like a tree until it grows into a death wish for your foe (poison apple), \"In the morning glad I see,
My foe outstretchd beneath the tree.\"
William Blake has also shown that be they friend or foe, harboring a grudge only makes things worse. Imagery was portrayed and has connected with the reader by discussing the deep feeling of a victory over an enemy. He states that the only way, at the time, to releive that pain is by hurting someone else. (physically or phychiatricly) Many lines have the same basic meaning. One of these shows his anger growing whilst keeping his anger bottled up inside him. \"I was angry with my foe, I told not, My wrath did grow\" Throughout this Poem, Willliam Blake has discussed a situation where a person has had a foe, he has portrayed the \'foe\' as some sort of bully obviously he has been bullied by the same perosn for a long time.
Not only has William Blake portrayed the wrath inside of this person growing on a tree, he has shown that by adding a apple on the poison tree this makes the reader beleive that the boy has made some kind of lure for the bully, for when he is at his weakest, the boy will get his sweet revenge. \"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.\"
Whilst the mood of this poem had been somewhat soppy and sad at the start, like he was weeping and scared, \"And I waterd it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears\" this mood dramatically changes towards the end of the poem where it becomes quite abupt and almost rude with anger.

| Posted on 2011-03-29 | by a guest


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I had a foe, someone who meant me harm,
I didn\'t talk to him about it because I feared him, I didn\'t trust him, what if he hits me, tells lies about me, turns my friends against me...?
I cried because i didn\'t know what to do. i felt humiliated, after all I\'m a good person. Who does he think he is?
So the tree of fear and frustration grew and became twisted and poisoned with thoughts of revenge. I smiled happily as i thought of revenge. I told myself it was best for everyone if he was taught a lesson,there was nothing else i could do,(sunned it with smiles and soft deceitful wiles)
My vengeful plot was to lure my foe. When he thought I was at my weakest, most vulnerable he stepped on my turf and the trap was sprung. It\'s a new day. I fear him no more.
Anger feels better than fear, revenge feels better than anger. Keep reaching for a better feeling.

| Posted on 2011-03-19 | by a guest


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the mans anger is deceiving, it may look pleasant at first but over time it becomes more deadly, love thy neighbor and enemy is the theme

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest


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the mans anger is deceiving, it may look pleasant at first but over time it becomes more deadly, love thy neighbor and enemy is the theme

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest


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if you do not forgive and forget your anger will grow like a tree until it grows into a death wish for your foe (poison apple)

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest


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This a poem that preaches a Christian principle of forgiveness. Once your sun doesn\'t go down, it becomes a poison to a friend who becomes your foe. Forgive and forget should be the pervading theme.

| Posted on 2011-02-15 | by a guest


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Be they friend or foe, harboring a grudge only makes things worse.
When you consider the poem from the speakers point of view, you can relate to the feeling of victory over a fallen foe. Everyone has experienced this in some degree. Part of the power and draw of the poem is the relatability the reader feels. The poem displays a truth about human nature that is quite dark and unfortunate. To take delight in another persons misfortune whether it is deserved or not is tragic.

| Posted on 2010-11-16 | by a guest


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the \"poison\" is the persona\'s anger, and as the persona didn\'t tell the foe of his anger, it grew, as the \"poison tree\" grew aswell. The persona\'s anger eventually grew so much for the foe that the persona began imagining what might happen to the foe if things were to happen, such as the foe trying to steal the \"apple\". As the anger grew so much eventually the persona wished his foe to be dead.

| Posted on 2010-10-20 | by a guest


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This poem is a opposition to the Anglican church ideals to suppress unpleasant emotions. I believe the apple is a biblical reference to the apple on the tree of knowledge in the garden of eden.

| Posted on 2010-09-18 | by a guest


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soft deceitful wiles can be interpreted as the protagonist pretending they are not angry with someone and having to smile politely and interact with their foe in public while they still harbor a grudge, and 'water it with fears, night and morning with' their 'tears', making it that much harder to let go as they have nurtured it patiently over time.

| Posted on 2010-07-07 | by a guest


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It is easier to tell a friend that they have wronged you than telling your foe but here Blake does not mention who injured whom. Whether the injured party or the injuring party, the distaste grows with every insecurity and agony suffered as a result of this untold animosity. Finally, the built up feelings accumulate and only require to be ignited whether deliberately or accidentally. it is also important to note that it is not the protagonist who kills his foe, but instead, it is his foe's infringement that is the subsequent cause of his demise(And into my garden stole when the night had veiled the pole).Beautiful poem with rather sinister undertones.

| Posted on 2010-07-07 | by a guest


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to me this poem is a metaphor for anger... the anger with the friend(foe)is the plant, and as time goes on you have to water the plant and give it sunlight to grow, but if this plant grows to much it will take over the room or area it is in and it will be a disaster. in other words, the anger will build up inside of you and eventually bust out like a raging wind. building up anger inside of you is not good for the soul

| Posted on 2010-05-16 | by a guest


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yeahh,, we are studying this for english too. i think that the poem is great,, when you think about the deeper meaning.
have fun!! XD

| Posted on 2010-05-12 | by a guest


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Many people might think that the last stanza of Blake’s poem is telling the audience that the speaker has murdered his foe and now his enemy lies dead beneath a tree; on the other hand, the speaker has not literally killed his foe. In the beginning the enemy is the speaker’s foe; however, by the end the foe is now his friend. The speaker might have finally realized through experience that when you are honest with someone about your feelings, then the anger inside of you dies away. In return, this honesty leads to the death of a foe and the birth of a friend....this is my take on the story.
sincerely,
Mercedes

| Posted on 2010-05-04 | by a guest


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We have been studiying this poem in English and a really important theme is 'growing up' If anybody has noticed, most poems exagerate the fact that childhood is great...etc. But Blake intended to show the opposite. Read the poem and you will see waht I mean. Godd Luck!!

| Posted on 2010-03-27 | by a guest


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It only depicts the very fact that anger coupled with jealousy should never be resisted within one's heart.they should rather be told to those with whom you have any problem.should no way act as a pretender....else it will lead to a loss of life

| Posted on 2010-03-13 | by a guest


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I know that when I tell my friend I am angry the anger mends. I am very, very angry with my enemy, she has stolen my child, I have reason to be angry. I do not let go of this anger but nurse it. It is a rightous anger. This woman I am angry with is not a good woman, she would steal from me again so when my hate makes a beautiful shiny apple she will steal it. she feels she should have nice things even if they are mine. She steals my poison apple and it kills her. It is what I wanted. The poem which was so gentle and rolling and sweet, like a growing tree, has suddenly given me the death of my enemy. Suddenly I am a murderer, but all I wanted was just to hate my enemy. The end of the poem smacks me in the face. Do I want to kill? maybe I should think again. Maybe I will tell my wrath. Even though I know that telling it means that it will mend. My child still stolen from me. A lost child. Can I let that go? Even now when I am faced so plainly, so poetically, so suddenly with the consequences of my hate.

| Posted on 2010-01-22 | by a guest


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the poem may be simple 2 understnd but it indeed a food for thought.it clearly pictures ,more appropriately,defines the dreadfulness or wickedness of anger. Hiding temper cud make the world on fire. Once if anger s hidden nd boosted silently it wud breakout some day nd wud bring dooms day.

| Posted on 2010-01-20 | by a guest


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the poem may be simple 2 understnd but it indeed a food for thought.it clearly pictures ,more appropriately,defines the dreadfulness or wickedness of anger. Hiding temper cud make the world on fire. Once if anger s hidden nd boosted silently it wud breakout some day nd wud bring dooms day.

| Posted on 2010-01-20 | by a guest


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wiles means sneaky tricks, such as it is often referred to in the context of "feminine wiles". it simply is referring to tricks and plots and schemes

| Posted on 2009-12-13 | by a guest


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"soft decitful wiles" - it means that he pretends to his foe that he is still his friend and has no anger against him.

| Posted on 2009-12-06 | by a guest


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i really think that a poison tree is a useless poem to analyze. seriously.

| Posted on 2009-10-15 | by a guest


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Were sutdying this poem in english. I like the way the poem is intresting and makes you think.
It is confusing, but when you realise what it is about the deeper you get inside the poem.
:D
HAVEE FUNN.
Omaroaawwww.

| Posted on 2009-06-23 | by a guest


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'A Poison Tree' is indeed figurative for the poem, and the growing tree, and blossuming apple, each grow with anger.
But the apple in question could also have a biblical reference towards Adam and Eve and the temptation behind that. Another reference that could be taken from this is 'Snow White' and how bottled-up anger and lies, lead to her creating pure hatred in its simplest form.
Innocent on the outside, and deadly on the inside.

| Posted on 2009-06-10 | by a guest


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This poem is actually not as simple as it first seems. Despite the straightforward langauge that is used, there are many examples of contrast and imagery - such as "friend" with "foe", and "sunned it with smiles". The speakers 'evil', if it can be called that, is also much darker than it seems. (He) deliberately confines his anger so that it could grow worse, with the result (apple) that his foe would be killed by it.

| Posted on 2009-05-03 | by a guest


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well, as one can see first the narrator bottles up his anger and it grows and grows as he "waterd" and "sunned" it. over time the anger was so overwhelming it produced this "poison apple," which is a symbol of the narrators anger, innocent on the outside, concealing the evil on the inside. so when the foe made one wrong move by taking this "apple", the anger was released killing the foe

| Posted on 2009-04-21 | by a guest




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