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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Comments about A Poison Tree by William Blake

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/14/2014 3:44:00 AM)

    Communication with smile fill the gap..if silently bears the things...it is wastage...decay of energy..washing with tears the holiness within nice (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 348 Points Chris Howie (10/14/2014 2:53:00 AM)

    This is a fantastic poem! While it has a rather simple rhyme scheme, it is effective in delivering its message. It's short but sweet, let's say. And it is worthy of multiple interpretations. While I'm inclined to think it's a symbolic apple, and perhaps even a symbolic tree, it's certainly fair to think it's all literal. Really, it is just an impressive poem on that nature of anger and holding a grudge, and it is personified beautifully in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,428 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (10/7/2014 5:56:00 AM)

    Like most of Blake's works, this short poem is multi-layered and is open to several interpretations. With a friend you can speak out your anger and sort out the issue. With someone you don't like, it isn't that easy. You might well nurture the feeling of vengeance in your heart, of which the 'poison tree' is a metaphor out here. The enemy would be deceived by your 'smiles' and 'deceitful wiles', believing you to still to be innocuous and gullible. Therefore, if and when he tries to take advantage of you once again, he would find that your long-held grudge has kept you prepared and he would be defeated at his own game this time.

    This defeat of your enemy is symbolized through his 'death', and it is caused by your long-held grudge, i.e. the 'poison tree' that kept you wary of him. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sara Khan (9/3/2014 5:24:00 AM)

    amazing poem! ! great description and sense of imagery, it's also a very true poem wow didn't realize how much i liked this poem. Blakes definitely on my fav poet list! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Sara Khan (9/3/2014 5:21:00 AM)

    Awesome poem! ! one of my favorites, got great description and wonderful rhymehe's definatly on one of my fa poet list actually my first (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 83 Points Jacob Muthoka (8/29/2014 4:50:00 AM)

    I thought I understood this poem at first, but it reads multi-barreled. That he was angry with a friend made it easy to control and instruct his wrath. When a foe did the same, he held on to his wrath; morning after morning waiting for a day to revenge. He watered the asking for revenge over time until at last he was willing to see his foe die. The foe kept on their living. When Blake woke up to learn of the death of a foe, he must have been a happy man. Imagine, the only one smiling in the funeral. It's metaphoric as someone said. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 83 Points Jacob Muthoka (8/29/2014 4:50:00 AM)

    I thought I understood this poem at first, but it reads multi-barreled. That he was angry with a friend made it easy to control and instruct his wrath. When a foe did the same, he held on to his wrath; morning after morning waiting for a day to revenge. He watered the asking for revenge over time until at last he was willing to see his foe die. The foe kept on their living. When Blake woke up to learn of the death of a foe, he must have been a happy man. Imagine, the only one smiling in the funeral. It's metaphoric as someone said. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 567 Points Deniz Atay (8/21/2014 4:40:00 PM)

    a great, poetic example of how anger and hate kill both the receiver and the owner.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 4 Points Paul Warner (8/4/2014 8:43:00 AM)

    To have a foe means he needs revenge and the revenge grew in his head but he never took revenge justed waited until fis enemy was defeated by his own bad Khamma (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,990 Points Babatunde Aremu (7/1/2014 6:38:00 AM)

    Anger is foolish. It ends hurting the bearer. Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 30,330 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Silver Star - 4,240 Points Primrose Tee (5/5/2014 6:03:00 AM)

    this poem is wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,713 Points * 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

  • Gold Star - 30,330 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 5,834 Points Herbert Guitang (4/24/2014 9:20:00 PM)

    A poem from the Mastet Poet (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 185 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 30,330 Points 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. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,796 Points Wahab Abdul (12/10/2013 4:04:00 AM)

    this poem should stand within 1 to 10.....all time great poem... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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










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