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“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”

What many people tend to believe throughout their lifetime is to what they’re shown to when they grow. What I mean is that many stigmatize many conditions due to either their lack of knowledge or blatant ignorance. Here we see William Blake comparing to what a fool and wise man see within the tree and how they perceive such a tree through their perspective. The tree could utterly be just a tree, but it takes much more to truly appreciate what a tree’s significance is for the world. A fool would see the tree as rubbish just to supply shade. Fools wouldn’t cherish the tree for what it presents, but rather what they can get from it. They see destruction and self-benefit while the wise man sees more than meets the eye. For the wise man, a tree is much more than just a shelter from the sun. A tree can provide nourishment. With appropriate care, a tree would live on for centuries and future generations can be able to cherish the tree’s importance.

William Blake implicates this proverb within his work, a fool only concentrates on what suits his interests rather than being able to expand his understanding of the unknown. Ignorance alone is what truly sets apart between the wise man and the fool. The fool barricades himself from seeing beyond the tree’s significance, all while the wise man interconnects what the characteristics trees provide for not only for his benefit but for the tree itself. Their perception goes uncharged, which ultimately hinders for the ability of growth. To conclude, Blake is aware that this problem stirs discussion due to how different factors contribute to a person’s final thought, but that could be what inhibits for Blake’s literature to never cease its spark of uniqueness amongst the rest.

– Stephen Munoz