Analysis Of William Blake 's Poem ' A Poison Tree ' Essay

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William Blake is a famous poet known for putting morals in his work. In his poem “A Poison Tree” Blake uses various poetic devices, such as imagery, and poem structure. Along with that, understanding this poem through a psychoanalytic perspective lets us understand the reasoning behind this person 's actions. Together, these key components combine to show the importance of expressing your anger in an appropriate manner and warns us about the possible consequences it has, if we do not address it.

During the lengths of this poem, Blake uses the image of an apple tree and the symbol of an apple to show the effects, both good and bad, communication has on anger. In the first stanza, the speaker “tells” his friend about his wrath, which is his anger and as a result, his wrath “ends”. Through communication, the speaker is able to address the reasons behind his anger. This allows for the anger to go away, and results in a happy ending. Blake then shows us the consequences of not expressing your anger, and so it “grows”. This shows an image of an apple tree, in its early stages, still growing. The poet uses this as a metaphor to show anger building up because it is left unchecked.

In the second stanza, Blake continues to use the figurative image of an apple tree to show that his anger continues to build. His anger takes control of him during the “day” and “night” as he “waters” and “suns” it “with smiles/ And with soft deceitful wiles” (Blake, 7-8). The reader here…

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