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(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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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/17/2014 9:52:00 AM)

    A very good poem from the great poet and recited in that spirit that is all.

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  • Wahab Abdul (12/10/2013 4:04:00 AM)

    this poem should stand within 1 to 10.....all time great poem...

  • Michelle Freeman (11/22/2013 8:02:00 PM)

    In response to Stephen W, I saw the same thing because that IS what I do, mostly because forgiving a friend is easier than forgiving someone you hate/despise/can't-stand-the-sight-of. However, what I can say is, that by reading the poem I realised that taking revenge on the enemy might end badly for me so I try to forgive but I just don't forget what they did. To me the poem talks about revenge mostly, but that's just my weird interpretation.

  • Inas Essa (10/14/2013 3:05:00 PM)

    Great poem and very true.

  • Lily Mccambridge (10/14/2013 1:10:00 PM)

    William Blake is my favorite poet. I love how his poems flow, they are so smooth. And his ideas are brilliant.

  • Shahzia Batool (10/14/2013 8:59:00 AM)

    @Anthony Di'anno:

    the interpretation is good enough for me to see his friend and foe in this light, as i teach his volume,10 poems in our M.A course, i was only looking at the narrow side, as a romantic, as a visionary, and as a social poet who wanted to reform the ills of the contemporary society which pained him...one of all this is the suppression of feelings and the communication gap that help nourish the grudge and the sign is the poison tree in the inner landscape...
    thank you Anthony for the comment!

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  • Manohar Bhatia (10/14/2013 7:09:00 AM)

    The poet contemplates between friend and foe.For a friend he could bare his heart out; but for the foe, he has other method to confront him.He tactfully handled his foe by inviting him to eat a posinous apple prodcued in his garden. As it turned out, his foe lay dead in that poisnous tree. Very metamorphically written!
    Manohar Bhatia.

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  • Aditi Verma (5/1/2013 9:46:00 AM)

    The bitter fruit of vengeance. This is yet another satire on human 'emotions' and every other thing we personify- an issue that only William Blake could wrap up in words and present.

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