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:
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Topic(s) of this poem: tree

Comments about A Poison Tree by William Blake

  • Rookie - 2 Points Kainwo Moses (4/24/2010 2:26:00 AM)

    Classical poets write classical poems with classic messages. What can the world do without poets like William Blake? There is a very strong message here: do not stomach or bottle up your feelings of hurt and pain; tell it to those who hurt you. By bottling up your pain, you will be grieving in your heart while those who hurt you live in apparent peace-probably they don't even know they hurt someone some time or many times. The poem is good for morning reflections... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 2 Points Kainwo Moses (4/24/2010 2:20:00 AM)

    Classical poets write classical poems with classic messages. What can the world do without poets like Blake. There is a very strong message here: don't stomach or bottle up your grudge. You will only be sickened by it. Whenever you feel hurt tell it to the person who hurt you. Keeping it is like committing suicide while the 'foe' flourishes, probably not even aware they caused any one any pain. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (4/24/2010 1:47:00 AM)

    A cunning and clever guy does his job with perfection! Nice poem by William Blake! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 4 Points Wendelin Weird (4/24/2010 1:03:00 AM)

    One of my all time favorite poems! ! ! :) I love the lesson of how dangerous built up anger can be (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Papermoon Woods (10/8/2009 6:19:00 PM)

    Very good poem and so true! I love this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nithya Raghavan (7/16/2009 10:46:00 AM)

    a beautiful poem that depicts the depth of hatred...extremely well written.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raine Uchiha (6/19/2009 8:29:00 PM)

    I really like this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Michael Harmon (4/24/2009 1:06:00 PM)

    courses.wcupa.edu/fletcher/britlitweb/lranieria.htm (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (4/24/2009 12:35:00 PM)

    He was angry with his friend. Man, I don't like what you did! OK, pal, let's kiss and make up.

    He was angry with his sworn enemy. I won't let on how ticked I am with him. Every morning I wake, I'll curse him and his kin. He'll think I'm a friend, a brother!
    But I'll scheme and plot and hide my hate!

    And one bright day, the apple will fall from the tree. Go on, take a bite, sucker!
    He did!

    End of fable! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 192 Points Joseph Poewhit (4/24/2009 7:02:00 AM)

    Poem captures well the depths of hate. The time of a trees growth and the years of finally baring fruit. The ending leaves an opening for finding the foe under the tree. Though was it forgiveness or death of the foe, that was the final question. As the Bible teaches, forgiveness is Jesus teaching. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah Moore (3/11/2009 8:19:00 PM)

    i don't think the time it was growing would be painful for the speaker... plotting is half the fun of a satisfying outcome. i love this poem, it's one of my favorites. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Danzen D. (1/7/2009 6:46:00 AM)

    Anger...it truly is a poison tree. It grew and grew and ended up in a murder. A truth among us. But during the time the tree was growing, it must have been a very painful time for the speaker.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Chrys Mayor (10/27/2008 3:37:00 PM)

    Adam and Eve vs. Cain and Able in a poem. I love it! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

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