William Blake's “A Poison Tree”, Imbibed with a Great Message: Love

Blake's “A Poison Tree”, imbibed with a great message, tell us a small story. It is all about love and hate. Simply, Love, emotion explored in human condition, is the capacity to measure our mental health. It ranks among other human needs. As a basic force in shaping reality in living, one should express it. Proverbially, Hate, whereas, has no medicine. It corrupts, poisons and maligns. It is the mischief of human heart one should avoid.
Now coming to the poem, we find that the poet was angry with his friend and he told it to his friend and his anger disappeared:
“I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.”

But when he was angry with his foe he cherished it in himself and his angry grew more and more. Anger is the psychological incarnation of obsessive self-love or poised hatred. To his friend the poet expressed his anger while he concealed his anger with his enemy:
“I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.”
A Poison Tree: image courtesy tumblr
Whenever he met that man, each time he gave a false smile and took help of many tricks to hide his wrath. The poet watered his tree of anger with tears every day.  With fears, tears, smiles and soft deceitful wiles the poison tree was planted and nurtured. After a sometime in one night his foe stole to in his garden. In the next morning he was glad to see his enemy lying dead beneath the tree:

“And into my garden stole.
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see,
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.”
Here ' poison tree ‘, a metaphor for anger, is that particular emotion which finds to separate relation to two people – one is the friend and the other is foe. Whenever he is in anger with friend he immediately tells his him cause of the anger and automatically the anger subsides. But with the foe or the enemy there is the wrong relationship or lack of communication. Thus he suppressed his anger that later turns in to a poisonous tree and bears a golden fruit. Thus the above statement underlined in poem is just and true to the human relationship. We can also have the reference of the biblical story of forbidden fruit in this regard.

Ref: 1. Tumblr
       2. Children Story of Bible- Dr. Andrew Hommentoem
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