When blind passion poisons the well of love, fiery relationships can turn cold real fast. Told partially through each woman's own point-of-view, this new series follows a tumultuous romance that tests all the limits of love and devotion. POISONED PASSIONS details salacious stories of star-crossed lovers - women who fall in love with the wrong guy and learn the hard way that, in their cases, love does not conquer all.

Type: Reality

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2013-06-15

Poisoned Passions - A Poison Tree - Netflix

“A Poison Tree” is a poem written by William Blake, published in 1794 as part of his Songs of Experience collection. It describes the narrator's repressed feelings of anger towards an individual, emotions which eventually lead to murder. The poem explores themes of indignation, revenge, and more generally the fallen state of mankind.

Poisoned Passions - Themes - Netflix

The poem suggests that acting on anger reduces the need for vengeance, which may be connected to the British view of anger held following the start of the French Revolution. The revolutionary forces were commonly connected to the expression of anger with opposing sides arguing that the anger was either a motivating rationale or simply blinded an individual to reason. Blake, like Coleridge, believed that anger needed to be expressed, but both were wary of the type of emotion that, rather than guide, was able to seize control. Poisoning appears in many of Blake's poems. The poisoner of “A Poison Tree” is similar to Blake's Jehovah, Urizen, Satan, and Newton. Through poisoning an individual, the victim ingests part of the poisoner, as food, through reading, or other actions, as an inversion on the Eucharist. Through ingestion, the poisoned sense of reason of the poisoner is forced onto the poisoned. Thus, the death of the poisoned can be interpreted as a replacement of the poisoned's individuality. The world of the poem is one where dominance is key, and there is no reciprocal interaction between individuals because of a lack of trust. The poem, like others in Songs of Experience, reflects a uniquely Christian sense of alienation. As such, “A Poison Tree” appears to play off the Christian idea of self-denial, and it is possible that Blake is relying on Emanuel Swedenborg's theme of piety concealing malice, which ultimately alienates the individual from their true identity and evil no longer appears to be evil. Blake's poem differs from Swedenborg's theory by containing an uncontrollable progression through actions that lead to the conclusion. The final murder is beyond the control of the narrator, and the poem reflects this by switching from past to the present tense. The poem's theme of duplicity and the inevitable conclusion is similar to the anonymous poem “There was a man of double deed.” The image of the tree appears in many of Blake's poems, and seems connected to his concept of the Fall of Man. It is possible to read the narrator as a divine figure who uses the tree to seduce mankind into disgrace. This use of the fallen state can also be found in the poems “The Human Abstract” and “London” from the Songs of Experience series. The actual tree, described as a tree of “Mystery”, appears again in “The Human Abstract” ,and both trees are grown within the mind.

Poisoned Passions - References - Netflix