a poison tree
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.
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.
PHONOLOGICAL PARALLELISM Alliteration
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
SVO (S)OVSVO OVS
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