Hello everyone,

I am writing a paper on William Blake's A Poison Tree and I wanted to consult some of your guyses expertise. I ahve read through some of your topics in here while researching other papers and they have been quite helpful.

Here is the poem

A Poison Tree


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.

And I water'd it in fears,

Night & morning with my tears;

And I sunned it with smiles,

And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,

Till it bore an apple bright;

And my foe beheld it shine,

And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole

When the night had veil'd the pole:

In the morning glad I see

My foe outstretch'd beneath the tree.

The paper is a literary analysis paper (3-4 pages). I want to focus on 3-4 elements of figurative language and discuss how those elements are used by the auther (blake) to develop a specific theme. I need to also consider internal rhyme, meter, end rhyme, all other elements of figurative language.
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Hello Lanthorn, welcome to English Forums!

Which 4 elements did you intend to focus on?

MrP
Truthfully I can focus on any that I want to; well let me rephrase. Any that are applicable to the poem.

I am actually at a lose when analyzing the poem of which ones there are. I notice that there is some personification, I believe...(e.g. wrath grew...it bore...neight veil'd..etc) If my assumptions are corret than those would be personification...one element of figurative language.

I believe that the garden is a metaphor for something, yet im not sure, and the apple is obviously one (tree of good and evil, apple, snake, death...etc)

So far that makes personification and mataphors, but I have not found any other.

The overall point of the paper is to argue how certain elements of figurative language used by the author help the author convey a certain theme. The them I have somewhat developed is "it is not good to keep hartred towards someone inside your heart or else you will sow seeds of evil"

So basically I am trying to work around that...Did that make sense?
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were you able to figure out the meter or other things that you were looking for. I am planning on doing the same type of paper and am having difficulties in the same ways you are/were. I need to analyze this poem not for what it means, but for it's figures of speech and what not. (ie. scansion/ alliteration/assonance/allusion/imagaery/metaphors/similes and so on
i need help writing a paper for this poem help me
Anon, what type of help are you looking for? What type of paper do you have to write? What do you want to say about the poem?
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That's such a helpfull poem!!!
It's certainly an unusual method of dealing with your foes.

MrP
 I am also writing a literary analysis on this paper...do you guys have any ideas of what kind of literary techniques i should right about. What would you say is the "one word theme" It is due in two weeks...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... THANKS
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