24 Feb 2022

TNPSC Group 2 General English – A Poison Tree

TNPSC Group 2 General English Figures of Speech – A Poison Tree

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Group 2 or Combined Civil Service Examination II has 3 tier examination for the selection process. For Preliminary Examination is an objective type (Written Examination) with a maximum of 300 marks. TNPSC Group 2 Prelims examination – General English/ General Tamil portion topic has 50% of total marks. Candidates who are preparing for the TNPSC Group 2 General English Part are more important and you can score maximum marks in this part.

The General English portion is of 3 Parts – Part A: Grammar, Part B: Poem, and Part C: Literature. Part B Poem topic study materials PDF are readily available and given below for those who preparing for TNPSC Group 2 Exam.

Group 2 General English – Poem A Poison Tree Appreciation and Figure of Speech topic question and answers solutions PDF given below,

TNPSC Group 2 General English_Figures of Speech_A Poison Tree


TNPSC Group 2 – Poetry Appreciation Questions:

Read the following lines and answer the following.

1. I was angry with my friend
    I told my wrath ‘my wrath did end.

a. Who does ‘I’ refer to?
Ans:  I’ refers to the poet, William Blake.

b. How did the anger of the poet come to an end?
Ans: The poet told the reason of his anger to his friend. The anger came to an end.

c. Write a synonym for ‘wrath’.
Ans: A synonym for ‘wrath’ is ‘anger’.

2. And I watered it in fears
    Night and morning with my tears;

a. What does ‘it’ refer to?
Ans: ‘It’ refers to anger.

b. How is ‘it’ watered?
Ans: It is watered with fears and tears and tears of the poet.

3. In the morning glad I see
    My foe outstretched beneath the tree

a. How did the poet feel in the morning?
Ans: He felt glad in the morning.

b. Who is the ‘foe’ referred to here?
Ans: The person on whom the poet is angry with.

c. Why was the ‘foe’ found lying outstretched beneath the tree?
Ans: The ‘foe’ ate the apple from the poison tree of anger. So he fell below the tree.

4. And it grew both day and night,
    Till it bore an apple bright

a. Who does ‘it’ refer to?
Ans: It refers to anger, which is personified as the ‘poison tree’.

b. What does ‘apple’ signify?
Ans: Apple indicates anger.

c. What grew both day and night?
Ans: Anger that is personified to the ‘poison tree’ grew both day and night.

TNPSC Group 2 -Figures of Speech:

1. 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.

a. Find out the figures of speech from the lines.

  • Alliteration –  I was angry with my foe.
  • Rhyming words – friend – end; foe – grow
  • Rhyme scheme – a a b b

b. Identify the figure of speech in the title of the poem.
Ans: Personification

2. And I water’d it in fears,
    Night and morning with my tears:

a. What figure of speech is used in ‘watered it in fears?

Ans: Personification

3. And I sunned it with smiles,
   And with soft deceitful wiles.

a. Find out the figures of speech from the lines.


  • Rhyming words – smiles, wiles
  • Rhyming scheme – a, a

b. Explain the phrase deceitful wiles.

Ans: The poet deceived or fooled his enemy by his tricks.

4.  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.

a. What does it mean?

Ans: It refers to ‘A Poison Tree’.

5. In the morning glad I see,
   My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

a. Which scene makes the poet happy?

Ans: In the morning when he saw the enemy dead under the poison tree.

b. When does the poet see his enemy dead?

Ans: In the morning, the next day after the enemy consumed the apple.

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