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William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

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A Poison Tree


I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
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  • Stephen Rodriguez (11/5/2008 8:24:00 PM)

    This is a nice poem. I didn't notice the Adam and Eve/Cain and Able reference, and I wonder if William Blake did. I just took from it the troubles that can come from holding a grudge rather than working things out. (Report) Reply

  • Sazarh Natisi (9/9/2008 11:25:00 PM)

    We had to analyze this poem in class and we all had no clue about it! but when we tried to analyze it as a class we all understood and we thought WOW! what a poem! i love this poem. the way it is written that is. (Report) Reply

  • Tavis Fong (5/26/2008 5:01:00 PM)

    @Brian Dorn

    He KILLED the guy at the end.

    Just so you know...since it doesn't really seem like you caught that....stretched out beneath the tree indeed...after having consumed a poison apple grown with fear and hate and tears. (Report) Reply

  • Pedro Deus (4/24/2008 4:49:00 PM)

    This poem is really good. Pity that such an poet is dead. I think we need more poets like him in modern days. (Report) Reply

  • Zach Tillerson (4/23/2008 7:24:00 PM)

    While this poem is great to draw you into Blake's work you can never quite understand it unless you compare the 'Songs of Innocence' and the 'Songs of Experience' and then interpret them. If you do so you will find Blake criticizing the church, children being sold as either prostitutes and dieing of syphilis or children being sold a chimney sweeps and being worked to the point of deformity, and also a good critic of British society during the industrial revolution. What an amazing poet. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Plunkett (1/9/2008 12:32:00 PM)

    Truly, Kevin Harrison, you've posted a terrible comment. Blake's work doesn't make sense? That comment doesn't make sense since the poem is quite clear, and even if it were meaningless to contemporary life, (all of you reading this realize that this is not the case, as William Blake is the man, and he was way ahead of his time) how can you fault the guy for being not only relevant, but totally radical in his own time? I think he's a genius and a revolutionary. Great poem too. (Report) Reply

  • Imogen c (10/11/2007 8:32:00 PM)

    gregory collins that is the oddest relpy to a poem i have ever read love the poem by the way (Report) Reply

  • Gregory Collins (9/6/2007 8:48:00 PM)

    jellyspoon in Dianas forests, help us all, luckily manhood has been forgotten on this planet, and you are no shot herring, maybe grief has blown you up like a balloon, maybe you have forgotten what the inside of a church looks like, eh jellyspoon, perhaps as critic and professional appreciator you have started to grow wings and become a fairy, as valued as a weeny extroadinaire, but hey, whereever, whenever, justt ry to be a well adjusted person, and have a nice day teaching the handicaped to yodel, ...you are as valued as Hercules, eh jellyspoon (Report) Reply

  • ..... Dog God 8hate (5/9/2007 11:20:00 PM)

    Release! I say...'release! ' Reality demands more than the prosaic notions of religiose minions. There comes a juncture for all to 'do or die'...dignity must exert a portion of pain to survive: 'Pray thy destiny be kind! Prey on vagaries of the blind! ' (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (4/24/2007 1:10:00 PM)

    I like the way this poem has been written. Its beauty lies in its simplicity of style and sparing use of words to understand the darker side of human nature. (Report) Reply

  • adfghdrtdjhkebnvkaerhgv dgverhg4wnvshkdfsg (1/26/2007 3:57:00 AM)

    combination of both the earthly side of man and his spiritual identity, are both well presented in this creation by Blake. It may be a poem of hate and human incapicity to fogive, but its beauty is found when one goes deeper than just inspecting semantic meaning of the words used, but by interpreting the poem as a breathing testament of humanity and its somewhat darker side. (Report) Reply

  • James Dexter (9/21/2006 12:38:00 PM)

    Kevin Harrison... you are an idiot. If you can say that William Blake's poems do not relate and are meaningless to modern day life you really should open your eyes and look around at society. William Blake's a poison tree relates to all who are not complete monks and so forth. Brilliant poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Harrison (8/14/2006 6:17:00 AM)

    I do not like William Blakes' poems because they are senseless and meaningless to modern day life, i see that poems which give the nature of war show us our true path. I believe that Blake's poems are selfish, tasteless, pathetic and un-interesting! This poem is totally crap! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/21/2006 11:22:00 PM)

    If we could all learn to be respectful and live in peace with our neighbors there'd be a whole lot less people outstreatched beneath apple trees. An interesting statement on the nature of society. (Report) Reply

  • Pauline Grace (7/4/2006 9:50:00 AM)

    How simply he says what we all know, but cannot bring to pass because of our ego, our lack of forgiveness, and our inability to see what makes our life peaceful. It makes me think of Adam and Eve and the apple on the tree, and that metaphor is very strongly etched in my mind, as a practical application of a Bible truth. As an aside, I do believe that people who do not read, seek out, or enjoy poetry are diminished...it feeds the soul and spirit. (Report) Reply

  • Shauna Taylor (4/24/2005 6:02:00 PM)

    William Blake is actually my first love (poets) ! I remember this poem from high school, this being the first to capture my interest. 'Poison Tree', to me, holds a very strong message for us all as it shows us the seemingly innocent yet seductively black side of malice and hate once fed and nourished in our hearts. Thanks to dear William, this poem has made me resist many a 'tempation' toward malice, reaping a more fruitful result of peace: -) (Report) Reply

  • M. Blackstone (2/1/2005 10:14:00 AM)

    I found this poem after Garrison Keillor read it on his radio segment. It moved me greatly as a friend of mine is trying to hurt me and I am needing strength to fight back. This poem made me stop and reassess the problem....and sadly, gave me hope to continue. This battle will not have good consequences for my friend - now foe. (Report) Reply

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