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Stylistic Analysis A Poison Tree William Blake

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Stylistic Analysis

A Poison TreeWilliam Blake


Sir AtharSubmitted by:

Rabya Javeed09030602-005BS (Hons.) VII

SHORT SUMMARY“A Poison Tree” is Blake’s warning to the reader about what unchecked anger can do. Such an emotion can become poison to people's minds if allowed to grow. Communication and releasing such emotions before they fester is the safest path to resolve conflicts.

Why Text is More Appealing?

Title of the poem which is itself a metaphor attracts readers towards it but when the text is paraphrased the original beauty of the text vanishes.


PoemRhyme Scheme

aabb aabb aabb aabb

Meter Iambic Tetrameter

Title AnalysisThe subject matter of the poem is death. Blake highlights the process of planning his enemy’s death. The “poison tree” represents the evil seed that the author has planted, in order to seek revenge against his enemy.


And I sunned it with smiles, sunned, smiles Line 7

And with soft deceitful wiles.with, wiles Line 8

Till it bore an apple bright.

bore, bright; an, apple Line 10 Assonance

And my foe beheld it shine,my, shine Line 11

Night & morning with my tears:night, my Line 6

ConsonanceI told it not, my wrath did

grow. it, not Line 4

And he knew that it was mine.that, it Line 12


Lexical DeviationsVerbal RepetitionI told my wrath, my wrath did

end. my wrath, my wrath Line 2

And it grew both day and night,And, and Line 9

Grammatical DeviationsSyntactic Deviations

Hyperbaton“And into my garden stole”

Line 13“In the morning glad I

see”Line 15


Semantic Deviations MetaphorA Poison Tree TitleAnd I watered it in fears Line 5And I sunned it with my smiles (Line 7)

AnaphoraI was angry Line 1I told my wrathLine 2I was angry Line 3I told it not Line 4I watered it Line 5I sunned it Line 7glad I see Line 11