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In choosing a poem from the English Romanticism era I found one that particularly stands among others A poem that had some depth in that I couldnt understand and feel what the poem was expressing at first glance It is a poem that had a sense of mystery around it These characteristics are exceptionally evident in William Blakes poem A Poison tree William Blake was a British poet and painter born in 1757 to a father who was hosier Anger wrath and fear are very prominent in the short sixteen-line piece and engulf you from the start In this paper there will be an argument that A Poison Tree is a symbol for the lack of restraint and self-control in man An argument that Blake if referring to himself in the poem uses himself as the serpent from the Garden of Eden except as a serpent with a conscious The first stanza juxtaposes the idea of friend and foe in a rather elegant way The stanza reads I was angry with my friend I told my wrath my wrath did end I was angry with my foe I told it not my wrath did grow Songs of Experience Pg38 The contrast in actions relating to a friend in distinction to a foe is the relevant theme in this stanza The different ways in which Blake if he indeed is referring to himself in this poem deals with anger towards a friend and conversely towards an adversary is striking When angry with a friend Blake is able to control his anger and enclose it in a finite sense On the other hand Blake shows little forgiveness for an enemy Blakes harshness and lack of repentance toward the man in this poem cannot be fully realized until looking at the final two stanzas as well as the illustration The second stanza reads And I waterd it in fears Night morning with my tears And
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