A Poison Tree by William Blake

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“Then the Lord God said, “behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”” (New American Standard Bible, Gen. 3:22). The poem “A Poison Tree” by William Blake completes a full circle around the story of the fall of man in the book of Genesis incorporating how the human nature functions. Blake uses metaphors, allusions and diction to tell his views on the subject of human nature and God, and conveys his message more clearly through the rhyme scheme, meter and simplicity of the poem overall. “A Poison Tree” is showing how when one manifests anger in one’s heart it grows into a desire for death, and through one’s conniving tricks one can lure in a foe into trusting resulting in a demise. Blake was an English man born and raised in poverty; from his birth his parents were “political radicals and religious dissenters” (“A Poison Tree William Blake 1793”). They taught Blake to believe in “the personal, mystical revelation of the Divinity through scripture and in following the dictates of conscience” (“A Poison Tree William Blake 1793”). “Throughout his life, Blake's own interpretation of scripture; actual visions of the nonmaterial world; and a dedication to political, religious, and sexual liberty formed the foundations of his beliefs and served as the cornerstones of his work” (“ A Poison Tree William Blake 1793”). Blake was part of Swedenborgianism which was a religious group that broke off from the Church of England. They believed that the spiritual world and the physical world were linked and that human beings could communicate with spirits, which explains Blake’s claims to have visions that inspired his wo... ... middle of paper ... ...oem “A Poison Tree” was carefully crafted to have both the pieces and the stitches to work so well together. Another thing that adds so flawlessly to the poem is the background knowledge and the way Blake put so much of himself into the poem; “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit” (New American Standard Bible, Matt 7:17). Works Cited "A Poison Tree William Blake 1793." novelguide.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 April 2011 . New American Standard Bible. Grand Rapids,MI: Zondervan, 2002. Print. "William Blake A Poison Tree." www.echeat.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr 2011. . "William Blake Biographies." notablebiographies.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr 2011. .
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