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,

Nature as Symbolic of the Human Condition. This type of poem closely resembles the one above, but instead of using a metaphor (an overt or implied comparison) it employs a symbol —some aspect or element of nature that automatically harkens a feeling about humanity. Here's an example by William Wordsworth:

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