A Poison Tree
A Poison Tree Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
"A Poison Tree" is a poem about anger, and, more importantly, some of the destructive consequences that can result when we cultivate our anger, rather than try a more productive outlet for this pot...
Language and Communication
In the first stanza of "A Poison Tree," the speaker says, "I told my wrath, my wrath did end" (2) and "I told it not, my wrath did grow" (4). The poem suggests that talking about emotions is an imp...
Lies and Deceit
"A Poison Tree" is all about lies and deception. The speaker suns his anger with "soft deceitful wiles," and this anger eventually produces an apple that is deceptively bright and shiny (deceptivel...
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