A Poison Tree Discussion Questions

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In “A Poison Tree,” Blake maintains that restraining anger, rather than preventing cruelty and aggression, gives extra energy to aggression and strengthens cruelty. Organize a class debate to argue whether it is better to tell other people how you feel when you are upset with them or have a difference of opinion or to keep it to yourself and try to be accommodating.

Stated perhaps overly simply, Blake's idea of correspondences suggests that the way people imagine or think about something affects the way it actually is in the concrete world. Choosing an event from your own experience, write an essay that shows how the way you thought about or imagined something influenced how it “really” was. As an alternative, choose a social, national, or historical event and discuss how expectation influenced outcome.

After assembling a questionnaire, conduct a series of interviews...

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