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Symbolism and Meaning of “A Poison Tree”

William Blake’s “A Poison Tree” basically uses two symbols (an apple and a tree) to relate its meaning. The tree represents the growing anger in the speaker’s heart against his enemy and the apple represents the “fruit” of that anger, an action, in the poem, murder. Blake uses the poem to teach the reader that, just as Christ teaches, we should forgive our friends as well as our enemies and that we should not hold grudges. Read more...

Posted: Mon, Sep 20, 2004, Words: ~800, Reading Time: 4 min