What is the central idea of A Poison Tree?

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  1. Through this poem, Blake tries to explain the terrible consequences of repressed anger and resentment to us. Opening up to the person you are angry with immediately solves the problem. But hiding the anger only causes it to grow.

    Anger is an all-consuming emotion when allowed to grow unchecked. So, repressing anger only leads to more anger that ultimately manifests itself into acts of violence. By showcasing the dangers of such repressed anger to us, Blake makes a statement in favour of opening up about our feelings. We must trust the human capacity for empathy and understanding, and resolve negative emotions as soon as possible.

    A Poison Tree Stanza Wise Summary & Analysis in English class 10

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