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

  • Herman Chiu (4/24/2010 7:35:00 PM)

    Bravo, Mr. Blake - that's another one of my favourites you've written!
    Thank you for your simple reminders, and simple finishing touches that are at the very least, brilliant! (Report) Reply

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  • Terence George Craddock (4/24/2010 9:49:00 AM)

    William Blake is one of the greatest intellectual masters of poetry English verse has ever produced. This poem, A Poison Tree, contains a moral lesson and wise teaching in the first stanza, the second and third stanzas build the intrigue with a ripening hate disguised, unleashed in the dark of a hidden revenge and the murderer, finally gloating upon the fruit of his crime in morning gladness. Poisoned apples tempt us still it seems in ever more recent art. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw Kevin Straw (4/24/2010 6:35:00 AM)

    One imagines the poet awake all night nursing his hatred for his foe and devising all kinds of schemes to destroy him. The poet's hate grows by its being suppressed, till it becomes so obvious that the foe has to do something, and the poet kills him. It is interesting that the poet creates an apple to distance himself from his hate, as though his hate were not part of him. It is also interesting that the foe does not talk to the poet about this problem when it becomes obvious to him, but then perhaps it is too late to talk. An intensely powerful poem of the kind which, to my mind, puts Blake alongside Shakespeare in the pantheon of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ramesh T A 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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

    I really like this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Harmon (4/24/2009 1:06:00 PM)

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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