A Poison Tree Analysis Essay

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Running head: Analysis of William Blake’s A Poison Tree (1794)

Analysis of William Blake’s A Poison Tree (1794)
Jayne Courtney Kendall
Brandman University

This analysis is going to explore each segment to better understand the meaning the author was trying to express and the lessons that we in these words that transcends through all ages. The exploration and analysis will look further in to what we can take away from this writing and lesson we can learn in order for our soul’s growth.

Analysis of William Blake’s A Poison Tree (1794)
William Blake’s A Poison Tree (1794) is a story that relates to all eras and addresses the pain that we as humans can impose on one another and the hurt and guilt that hinders our
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pain, torment and suffering and it was here that the ownership and accountability is expressed in the writing, “And he knew that it was mine” (Blake, 1794, Line 12).
In the last stanza Blake leaves the reader their interpretation of how this ends. He creates a scene of the enemy confronting him and this scene is to take place at night which conceals the ability to see clearly as stated in this line, “When the night had veiled the pole;” (Blake, 1794, Line 14). Then the poem goes on to mention that the morning is welcomed which leads to interpret relief from what the darkness gave. Then Blake (1794) writes “In the morning glad I see/ My Foe outstretched beneath the tree.” (Line 14-15) The poem ends with the enemy dead from the poison of the tree and the author writes this as if with happiness.
Blake’s poem tells the story of an argument from its beginning to the end. Along the way it allows for understanding of opportunities of repairing the relationship. Creating a journey from when the conflict arises to when it ends in death. An enlighten poem of consequences that encourages everyone who reads it to address the problem from the start before it is too late.
William, B. (1794). A Poison Tree
Barker, E. Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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