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    What do you make of "The Poison Tree"? Compare it to "The Pebble and the Clod". Are both the poems speaking about the same kind of love (love of self)?

    Who is Blake speaking to in "The Sick Rose"? How can love destroy a life?

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    First, as you discuss what you make of "The Poison Tree" and compare it to "The Pebble and the Clod," please note that these poems embody different meanings and tones. I see "Poison Tree" a bit about self love but more about anger. "The Poison Tree" seems to examine how hidden or suppressed anger leads to a volcanic eruption or manifestation.
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    This posting addresses how poetry themes vary in Blake's works.