Essay on A Poison Tree: Poem Commentary

777 Words Mar 9th, 2013 4 Pages
A Poison Tree is a poem written by William Blake which is themed around hate, anger and revenge. The poem is basically a metaphor or a piece of pathetic fallacy wherein the speaker has ascribed his feelings and state of mind to the form of a tree.
William Blake wrote a series of poems called Song of Experiences, which were a collection of texts in which he shows the human spirit when it is confirmed to rules, resulting in strong emotions of anger, resentment and hatred. Throughout his life Blake was a dissenter; a rebel from the policies and regimes of the Anglican Church. Influences of this part of his life are seen in his poems as well. In A Poison Tree, the speaker expresses the
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The speakers is sharing with us the other emotions this anger brought him, and how feeling all of these only made his wrath worse. Here the speaker seems to appeal to his audience, and ask of their sympathy and compassion. He speaks of the emotional pain that this wrath brought him. The tale continues in the third stanza, wherein the speaker tells us how this malicious plant grew day and night, unstoppable into a tree, an apple tree. He tells us how the tree bore tempting apples and how the speaker’s foe has seen these apples. Here the speaker almost turns gracious towards his foe, almost welcoming, but keeping with the mood of the poem, the speaker sounds evil and conniving.
The fourth and final stanza is where the speaker tells us of the result of his wrath, the poisonous fruit. We are told how, in the middle of the night, the speaker’s foe stole this tempting fruit and consumed it, and the speaker knew of this. Then in the very next line, the speaker tells us, “In the morning glad I see. My foe outstretched beneath the tree.”. The speaker is talking about the death of his foe, a result of consuming the poisonous fruit- from the speaker’s tree of hatred. Here is where the poem comes together to explain its true meaning. The tree, a metaphor for the speaker’s hatred and anger, grew and grew, helped by the fear, tears, fake smiles and deceitful wiles. This tree then bore a fruit, a tempting, but poisonous fruit. This fruit is pathetic

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