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Understanding Temptation

Updated on November 28, 2011

My Favorite Quotes about Apples

"Ever since Eve started it all by offering Adam the apple, woman's punishment has been to supply a man with food then suffer the consequences when it disagrees with him." -- Helen Rowland

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." -- Martin Luther

"The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less." --Arthur Miller

"We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible." --Welsh Proverb

My eyes eagerly weigh up and down

the beauties on display,

looking for perfection,

wanting perfect form,

balanced color

and firmness to my touch.

Once selected

I revel in the sweet scent

taking a few moments

to fully appreciate my prize.

I now understand temptation

I can no longer resist

I take a bite from the apple

that I picked so carefully from the tree!

Amber Allen

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Copyright 28 November 2011

I've only recently started in the last week to write poetry and I've surprised myself by just how much I enjoy it. It has certainly got me to look at things that I do it a different light.

The Symbolism of Apples

Apples have a very symbolic meaning in many cultures and are often considered to be a forbidden or mystical fruit. Artists have used it as a symbol of both sexuality and love.

In Christianity it is well known as a symbol for temptation, knowledge and sin. It does of course depend on who is holding it. When in Adam's hand it symbolizes the fall of man yet when held in Christ's hand he represents the second Adam sent by God to bring eternal life to man.

The Bible makes reference to the apple in both the Old Testament and the New Testament in other contexts.

"the apple of your eye" Proverbs 7:2

"a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in setting of silver" Proverbs 25:11

"As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons." Song of Solomon

The Celtic culture great valued apples and the apple tree. The ability of the fruit to keep over a long period of time is likened to the lingering of love after the first waves of passion have subsided. The apple tree is considered a symbol of creativity and an emblem of art and poetry. It is also associated with virtue and considered to be a symbol of purity and motherhood and apple wood was often burned during fertility rites.


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      Amber Allen 5 years ago

      Hi CM

      Thanks for popping by and reading this poem. I'm glad you've enjoyed the temptation!


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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      The heck with the apples !!!... I want some more of that temptation which you now understand.... *grins*

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      Amber Allen 6 years ago


      Thanks for popping by and reading and commenting on this hub. I added the extra information to give readers more to read. I also thought that if I could keep them on the page they might even read the poem more than once!


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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great poem. I love the combination of information you put together. Up and interesting.

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      Amber Allen 6 years ago


      I enjoy eating apples, my favorite part is when I smell the apple just before I bite into it. But then I guess the poem lets this out of the bag!!


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      Amber Allen 6 years ago


      I'm not sure I've got many more to write - I'm surprised that I've managed five!! I don't really know where they are coming from.


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      Amber Allen 6 years ago


      I'm pleased you like the quotes too!


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      Amber Allen 6 years ago


      So pleased you found this piece worth rating up.


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      Amber Allen 6 years ago


      Thank you for being the first to comment. It was intended to be a tongue in cheek piece.


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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Either way I just love to eat them, apples that is... Nice work on the poem, you certainly have a flair for this. Thanks for sharing, voted Up!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great poem and I look forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care ,


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      AliceFSpencer 6 years ago from Texas

      Great poem and the quotes are a wise addition :)

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

      Lovely write , i voted up and awesome :)

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      chrisam01 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

      Great description and lovely poem. Continue to have fun with poetry. Thanks for sharing!