Poisoned Century

Written by Sabine Küper on . Posted in Feed the Sense, Urban Chant

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  • "A Poison Tree" is a poem written by William Blake, published in 1794.
  • This tiny blue ringed octopus is about the size of a golf ball. His Venom can cause blindness, nausea, paralysis and respiratory failure, as well as death.
  • The poison the dart frog’s glands contain is called batrachotoxin. This toxin blocks nerve signals to muscles, causing paralysis and death.
  • The Hooded Pitohui causes irritations an numbness if you just touch the feathers. Eating them without precautions isn't a good idea, it's the last supper.

Poison is a metaphor for immortal love in Rome and Juliet and for perfidious murder and betrayal in Hamlet- Prince of Denmark.

Blake is beautifully waving a net of emotions becoming a poison killing the enemy with the apple of a tree.

A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I waterd it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears:
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night.
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.
And into my garden stole,
When the night had veild the pole;
In the morning glad I see;
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.
(William Blake, 1794)

In nature some of the most beautiful creatures are toxic to defend themselves from their enemies.

Since poison gas is used as a weapon of mass destruction until today, a feast of delicate venomous delicacies would make a good solution for the suffering of the world because of some toxic human beings. I would love to serve some certain people stuffed  blue ringed octopus or draft frog’s leg.

Murder Ballads is the name of an album by Nick Cave, in a metaphorical way a most visionary title for the spirit of the 21-century.

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