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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  • Rookie - 3 Points Angie Scolari (6/3/2012 3:41:00 PM)

    i've done a lot of research, and i have discovered that William Blake hated Christianity. The original title of this poem was Christian Forbearance and it suggests that the narrator is god, the tree is his wrath, the apple religion, the foe Mankind (not just Adam and Eve and including Jesus because he is found outstretched- like the crucifix) . This poem is about how turning the other cheek is really just suppressing your anger and eventually it will just get worse. You need to outright tell people when you are angry with them and you need to legitimately forgive them whether or not they are your friend. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 33 Points Besa Dede (4/24/2012 9:50:00 PM)

    Beautiful verses and great poem. Indeed, anger can makes one's soul unrest until all the wrath comes out. I quite enjoyed reading it.
    ~Besa (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 234 Points Shahzia Batool (4/24/2012 8:42:00 PM)

    The poem serves as a loud protest against hypocrisy, self-restraint, n suppression of feelings...with a message, ...Don't keep grudge; a timely catharsis gives relief , and while maintaining our mental equilibrium makes us able to lead a healthy life. Man is a social animal...the virtues of tolerance n forbearance are set against malignant n hypocritical attitude...
    the tree is not poisonous but a poison tree...n the apple, like that fatal apple of the garden of Eden is a great metaphor; it's a fruit of double-dealing.the poem is a social verse composed by the hands of a visionary poet...my favorite poem, , , for many reasons... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,305 Points Ralph Mason (3/9/2012 12:40:00 PM)

    I suspect Blake wrote this poem to have meanings at several levels. To me the poem is about the internal conflicts inside man and the ultimate death of truth/love. The friend is lies/deceit, the foe is truth/love, the wrath/tree is ego and the apple is self image. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,305 Points Ray Remalig (2/11/2012 9:40:00 PM)

    It's hard to keep grudges in our hearts. When they grow, they will choke us. They will turn their heads upon us to bite us. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,305 Points Soni Nati (2/6/2012 10:28:00 PM)

    Dude it's a poem I am a sixth grader and no anger please it is about a mother. Do you think I am a mom? He wrote this to express emotion. He didn't kill a dude! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Udiah Witness to YAH (1/7/2012 7:13:00 AM)

    A further comment: Why did Blake constuct this poem to be completely understood by those who had experienced what he had or those who might know of this very situation, but not just for everyone? Maybe he feared some kind of backlash from the enemy's friends if they ever figured out he had set this genius trap, but yet felt the urge to brag to his friends or even wanted all in the literary circle of his day to realize; 'You screw with me, I will get even, ' thus creating his own copywrite! ! ! ! GENIUS! ! ! ! ! (a reluctant 10.0) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Udiah Witness to YAH (10/8/2011 9:16:00 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

  • Rookie - 12 Points Ian Fraser (4/24/2011 10:38:00 PM)

    Nearly all of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience are outstanding poems and this remains to this day one of the most outstanding collections in existence. What marks them out most strongly from their predecessors is their personal tone. 'A Poison Tree ' is notable in being one of the first poems to introduce a note of irony into its its writing, 'I was GLAD to see my foe, stretched out beneath that tree'. During his lifetime most of Blake's work remained unappreciated and though today his early work is universally admired, the lack of a critical milieu led his later work to become eccentric. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Ian Fraser (4/24/2011 10:31:00 PM)

    Nearly all of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience are outstanding poems and this remains to this day one of the most outstanding collections in existence. What marks them out most strongly from their predecessors is their personal tone. 'A Poison Tree ' is notable in being one of the first poems to introduce a note of irony into its its writing, 'I was GLAD to see my foe, stretched out beneath that tree'. During his lifetime most of Blake's work remained unappreciated and though today his early work is universally admired, the lack of a critical milieu led his later work to become eccentric. (Report) Reply

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