“A Poison Tree” is a poem written by William Blake. It was first published in 1794.
In the poem, the narrator describes how he is angry with another person. Despite his best attempts to suppress this anger, it keeps growing and growing until it eventually leads to the murder of the hated person.
The poem contains four stanzas. Each stanza consists of four lines, which are arranged as rhyming couplets. The rhyming pattern of the poem is aabb. There is no consistent meter throughout the poem. Instead, a variety of meters is used. For example, we come across a trochaic triameter in the very first line: “I was angry with my friend.” The second line, however, is written in iambic tetrameters: “I told my wrath, my wrath did end.”
Interestingly, each line in the first stanza starts with the word “I.” By doing this, the poet highlights the fact that the poem is dealing with the feelings of an individual. It shows that the content is deeply personal.
The other word that is frequently repeated throughout the poem is the conjunction “and.” This helps to make the content of the poem flow more easily, as the individual lines appear more connected with each other through the frequent use of the word “and.” This is further underlined by the fact that the word “and” frequently appears at the very beginning of a new line, thus creating a link to the previous line. This makes the content of the poem a lot more intense and relentless.