Analysis Of Basil De Sélincourt's A Poison Tree

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William Blake is an English poet, artist, and painter who is famous for his great works. He has been largely influential upon writers and artists through the ages. He studied engraving and grew to love gothic art. The Bible had an early, profound influence on him, and a lifetime source of inspiration that colors his life and works with intense spirituality. Basil de Sélincourt talked about William Blake’s theory of imagination in a section of his book William Blake. Sélincourt said that Blake sees the world as a world of imagination, and visions. In the book, Sélincourt states that Blake claimed to experience some visions throughout his life. Henry Crabb Robinson, Blake’s friend, narrates Blake’s visions. In his narration, Blake claimed to…show more content…
At the beginning of the poem the speaker presents two scenarios. In the first, he is in tiff with his friend. He told his friend about his anger, and his anger disappeared. In the second Scenario, the same thing happened again, but this time the speaker is mad at his foe. He kept his anger, and his “wrath did grow.” There is a use of metaphorical language here, because anger doesn 't literally grow. So, growth here is a metaphor for the process by which one 's anger becomes greater and greater. The use of the word “growth” is just to make his anger become concrete rather that abstract. In the second stanza the speaker embodies his dark feelings toward his foe in a tree. As I said before, Blake started to use the tree as an important symbol in his works after his vision. Then speaker “waterd it in fears, Night & morning with my tears:”Again, there is use of metaphorical language. He doesn 't literally water it with fears and tears. So, watering here is a metaphor for the development and increasing power of one 's anger. After that he “sunned it with smiles, And with soft deceitful wiles.” He makes fake smiles to his foe. These things makes one’s anger grows more. At last, the speaker 's anger has matured in plant terms into a tree produces poisonous apple to kill his "foe." The apple here is a symbol of the end result of the speaker’s potent rage. He tells us that his foe "stole" into his garden. The garden…show more content…
In the visionary book of writings and illustrations, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Blake is trying to correct some of our incorrect notions about Hell by using imagination. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is like a guided tour of Hell. It is divided into four pieces: The Argument, The Voice of the Devil, A Memorable Fancy, and Proverbs of Hell. The first two pieces are The Argument, and The Voice of the Devil. In these opening pieces, Blake tells us that good and evil aren 't like what we told that Heaven is good, and hell is bad. They 're just different kinds of energies, and both are needed for our existence, and keep the world going. A Memorable Fancy explains how Blake went on a visit to Hell. He “was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius.” Then he saw a “mighty Devil” tucked in black clouds and flights over the sides of the rock with flame fire. While he was touring around, Blake says that he collected some of the Proverbs of Hell. He said: “Drive your cart and your plough over the bones of the dead.” Then he moves again to A Memorable Fancy. Blake said: “I was in a Printing-house in Hell, and saw the method in which knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation.” It is impossible to see a house-printing in Hell. Then he started to tell wat he saw inside the printing-house. There were five rooms. In the first room he saw a “Dragon-Man” removes the rubbish out of the cave. In the second room he saw a viper. In the
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