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Volume 1 Issue 8

January 2015

"A Poison Tree" and the Bible
Dr. Chiramel Paul Jose, 
Professor of English, 
Department of Foreign Languages, 
Al Baha University, 
Al Baha, Al Bahah, Saudi Arabia
Abstract
If William Blake's master-piece poem "The Tyger" can be considered to be his symbolic utterance of the divine wrath, another song of experience by him “A Poison Tree” together with ‘The Human Abstract’ explores on the theme of human anger. Delving into many critical opinions about this poem, the present study tries to establish that this poem is a clear tribute to Blake’s dependence on the Bible and the imageries from there. Much more than the ‘attributed’ Blakean criticism of the Bible as some of the scholars have ventured to show, the poem is in fact a clear cut and subtle psychological dig made by William Blake at the pretentious and hypocritical double-dealing of the Pharisaic people with whom Jesus Christ was always at odds throughout His life on earth. The first two lines of the poem consisting of the first incident of it could belong to the Innocence State and the rest of the poem consisting of the second incident belongs to the Experience State.
Keywords
Wrath; Forbearance; "A Poison Tree"; William Blake.
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