William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

A Poison Tree - Poem by William Blake

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 watered it in fears,
Night and 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 veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

Topic(s) of this poem: tree

Comments about A Poison Tree by William Blake

  • Veteran Poet - 1,659 Points Alem Hailu G/kristos (11/24/2015 1:10:00 AM)

    Nursing a wrath hurts self most than others! It is a masterpiece of William Blake (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,659 Points Alem Hailu G/kristos (11/24/2015 1:01:00 AM)

    Nursing a wrath harms self as much as it hurts the enemy.It is a masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,659 Points Alem Hailu G/kristos (11/24/2015 1:00:00 AM)

    Nursing wrath hurts self as much as it does the enemy.It is a masterpiece! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,480 Points Josey Alfred (11/23/2015 9:07:00 PM)

    Wonderful imagination truly linked with real life. Great poem. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 45,206 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (11/4/2015 8:50:00 AM)

    great sayings in the poem and enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 45,206 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (11/4/2015 8:49:00 AM)

    Great sayings and poem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,123 Points Titto Mutunguti (10/29/2015 12:57:00 AM)

    lovely piece Blake...watered it in tears (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 409 Points Jack Phillips (10/21/2015 9:28:00 AM)

    amazing a true feature it is amazing (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,189 Points Sofia Kioroglou (10/9/2015 11:55:00 AM)

    Food for thought! Great poem! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 45,206 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/4/2015 1:47:00 AM)

    Anger makes the things worse and this a very interesting poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 166 Points Surendra Negi (10/3/2015 2:34:00 AM)

    Is it possible to have such an imagination, and yet relate with it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 16 Points Artie Solomon (10/2/2015 8:01:00 PM)

    anger, expressed honestly and openly may lead to its quick dissipation. (disappearance) But anger sublimated, hidden carefully or unconsciously from oneself or others may become a poison to the bearer of the anger as well as the object of one's anger. (taking a sadistic delight in the demise of the other poisons one's self or character) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,911 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/20/2015 6:18:00 AM)

    Pungent poetry, There is a strong message in this poem.....You will be ashamed one day that why you held it for so long when it was easy to let it go.......You nurtured it with care and cry and finally you burned all energy for nothing.......I read it when in school and it reminded me my childhood days. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,523 Points Briony Nicholls (9/18/2015 7:28:00 AM)

    One of the most memorable and powerful poems of all times, who can ever forgot this one? When the night had veiled the pole is a line I had difficulty in fully understanding in the past but I've just realised it may be a reference to the night disguising the guiding light of the North Star (a personification of the night) . Each line in this poem is so densely concentrated with meaning and with such moral impact. Lucky is the one who is informed of the poet's wrath and anger! He won't be found outstretched under the tree in the morning! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 406 Points George Hill (9/9/2015 9:12:00 AM)

    This man is no fine artist.His writings are bland like allother poems I have sampled.What is wrong with humanity that I be the onlypoet capable that lives at anytime? -Albert George Vinny (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 21,340 Points .., Rahman .., Henry (9/6/2015 2:23:00 AM)

    Powerful, one of the signature poems of Blake. I've Bengalized this poem for my native readers. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,717 Points David Wood (8/31/2015 2:22:00 AM)

    Powerful poem full of atmosphere and latent intent. Very palpable. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,460 Points * Sunprincess * (8/29/2015 8:09:00 AM)

    ....a most intriguing write, especially when I view this poem from different perspectives ★ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duohan Zhang (8/22/2015 5:39:00 AM)

    最后一段很美 Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie shahid kamal (8/18/2015 10:15:00 PM)

    And my foe beheld it shine (Report) Reply

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Read poems about / on: tree, friend, night, smile, water, fear

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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