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A Poison Tree

A Poison Tree

by William Blake

A Poison Tree Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Why do you think Blake chose an apple rather than, say, a pomegranate, or an orange, or a kumquat?
  2. Would you teach Blake's poem to your children in order to teach them about anger? Why or why not?
  3. Why does the enemy want to eat the speaker's apple? Why is it so attractive?
  4. Who is to blame for the enemy's death (if you agree that he's died in the poem)?

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