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A Poison Tree The narrator speaks of I who is of the Old Testament God renamed by Blake as Urizen and the poison tree is his Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil Instead of merely exploring wrath as the consequence as repressed anger this poem incarnates wrath as an object Wrath becomes a poison tree Or rather since the tree represents the body this anger becomes a sick and infectious body which as repressed it into hypocritical and thereby perverted honest emotion into wrath and murder I told it not Becomes a confession on the narrators part reveals that he nurtures his repressed wrath into a tree of deceitful friendship which he intends for his foe tempting him to steal into his garden and so eat the enticing forbidden fruit Blake cultivates his snare the Tree of Mystery by watering the ground with selfish fears and tears from which the tree takes root Its a angry persona waterd his rage in fears Night morning with tears Like both Cruelty from The Human Abstract and the God of Genesis sunned becomes a persona resorts to hypocrisy in his creation sunning his wrath with smiles When the symbol of a soft deceitful wiles Apple bright The apple serves as the poison of the avengers hate The gladness in glad I see with which he develops as views his dead victim makes the malice and sickness of his wrath frighteningly clear The poem summation reflects the biblical teachings of a proverb Therefore the poison tree can correlate to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil And the Lord God commanded the man
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