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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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/17/2014 8:27:00 AM)

    I read this poem in this 2nd time and understands that anger always makes so much trouble to the mind and it grows and grows until something different happens and here the poet describes beautifully the plight of his foe and the poison tree becomes fatal to him. A beautiful poem from the great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Eric Sawyer (5/21/2014 9:12:00 AM)

    So does anyone else here think he poisoned that apple that he knew his foe would steal... (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 9:12:00 PM)

    ........chemistry plays an important role, when you do not have chemistry with someone then this person is a foe....and animosity creates a poison tree.....whereas the chemistry with a friend creates a beautiful garden....one everyone can admire... (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/25/2014 4:42:00 AM)

    one of the very good poems of the great poet as well as it is very meanings. Angry, enemity, and its containment all are beautiful and highly informative. (Report) Reply

  • Vizard Dhawan (4/24/2014 10:15:00 AM)

    A Poison Tree' is a symbolic title as it
    explains the truth of human nature. It
    is a metaphoric(metaphor) poem as
    the poet creates a picture in our minds
    of how anger hidden in our minds can
    grow to become a poison tree. The poet
    describes that a feeling of anger can
    disappear if there is goodwill and
    friendship but if there is distrust n
    enmity, it grows and causes great
    destruction. When one is angry with a
    friend, and we communicate that
    anger, it automatically disappears
    because of love and friendship. But
    when one is angry with an enemy, it
    continues to grow because it is not
    expressed (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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! (Report) Reply

  • Macanthony Chijioke Nwatu (10/14/2013 7:15:00 AM)

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    thanks (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

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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. (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (4/25/2013 11:02:00 AM)

    I've read that he spent a lot of time using acid to etch his art into metal plates. He stuck to this method even though it was poisoning him and would ultimately lead to his death.

    He put a lot of effort and thought into his illustrations. It's not hard to imagine him breathing in fumes and shedding tears. Watering his work.

    The fruit of his labour shining brightly.

    His friend being his art. His foe being his doubt. (Report) Reply

  • Udiah Witness to YAH (4/24/2013 4:19:00 AM)

    William Blake in this poem conveys how when wronged by a friend, he confronted him and his friend apologized. But when wronged by an enemy, he realized that it had been done out of contempt. So Blake devised an ingenius plan, born both out of fear and revenge. The enemy had probably stolen an idea or worse, one of his literary works. So Blake created another so irresistable his enemy couldn't help but bite. But hidden within was a poisonous fruit, either something Blake knew his enemy was unable to comprehend or wouldn't take the time to research. Either way his trap worked. It led to his enemy's complete destruction. Brilliant! (Report) Reply

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