A Poison Tree Analysis Essay

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Analysis of the poem “A poison tree” by William Blake

I am going to write about and analyse the poem “A poison tree” by William Blake.

The poem ”A poison tree” was written by William Blake in 1794 as a collection of poems as Songs of Experience.
“A poison tree” is about humanity´s hatred upon other people, and finally getting vengeance. Although it is a short poem, Blake clearly gives every sentence a whole meaning.

Containing only 4 stanzas and 16 lines. The rhyme scheme used is: a a b b end rhymes which means that the two first and the two last lines rhyme with each other. In this poem for example: friend, end, foe, grow.

First stanza
The poem begins abruptly with a simple line of describing his feeling for a friend. It´s
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Third stanza

From this part his little plant has grown to a big fully grown tree. It continued to grow until it brought a shiny apple. This could be a symbol on the history of Adam and Eve and the tree is the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. The apple is an allusion of the fruit Eve stole from the tree of knowledge and god punished them. This is a sin from the bible and the speaker could represent god. “And my foe beheld it shine, And he knew that it was mine,” Could mean that the foe had been so fed up with all the speakers false lies and tricks that he saw right through it. He exploited his foe´s natural instinct of curiosity and made him yearn for it. The fact that Blake ends this stanza with a comma makes the reader dreadful and anticipating.

Forth stanza
His foe came into the garden that the speaker had foreshadowed in the last stanza. William Blake does not say anything about the foe breaking into the garden but sum this up in a neat package with the word stole. “When the night had veiled the pole:” would be another way to say that the sky was dark and perfect for snooping around. The line ends with a colon, which add up to the reader to think what will happen next.
The last two lines comes down to the poem´s resolution pretty fast because he skips to the next day. The speaker is glad to see his foe outstretched beneath the tree for after what is says, we can assume that the foe is dead. This

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