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In the poem 'The Poison Tree' please formulate a question for my lit paper using stanza...

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samujh1 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM via web

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In the poem 'The Poison Tree' please formulate a question for my lit paper using stanza 3 of the poem.

explain the extended metaphor used

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krausel | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 27, 2011 at 4:14 AM (Answer #1)

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If your are referring to the poem "A Poison Tree" by William Blake, the metaphor in the poem compares unstated wrath or anger to an apple tree.  The poem is trying to show that if you feel anger toward someone, and you don't express your feelings toward that person, your anger is only going to grow just as a tree will grow eventually bare fruit.  It can also cover a broader meaning which would be that anger or hatred, if allowed to grow in the world can take over and flourish.  The poem speaks out against anger and hatred and encourages one to head off problems constructively instead of allowing them to fester and flourish.

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