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

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

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

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  • 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!
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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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  • (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

  • (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

  • (1/31/2013 6:41:00 PM)

    I fail to see why people see forgiveness and forbearance in this poem.
    To me he is saying forgive a friend and destroy an enemy.
    Look at the last two lines.
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  • (11/28/2012 9:26:00 PM)

    Clear. True. Awesome. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (10/14/2012 11:33:00 AM)

    The idea of the poem is not forget and forgive, it is the usual length for such a poem, and it certainly is not sweet.. The idea of the poem is that when you are angry with a foe talk to him about the problem, as you would to a friend. If you keep your anger, fear will make it grow, and, though you might be glad to see your foe dead, his death will deprive you of a possible friend. A summary might be jaw, jaw; not war, war (Churchill?) (Report) Reply

  • Omar Jabak (9/13/2012 5:07:00 AM)

    This poem is short and sweet. I like it because of that. Regardless of any possible interpretations one might laboriusly dig to get, the idea is very simple; forget and forgive! (Report) Reply

  • Shouvik Roy (6/26/2012 6:50:00 AM)

    keep your friends close and your enemies closer... (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • 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.
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  • 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...
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  • (4/24/2012 8:41:00 PM)

    true it's easy to confront your friend than your foe
    and anger is fear.
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  • Angelica Huntoon (4/24/2012 11:45:00 AM)

    I rly enjoyed reading this poem nicelywriten smooth flowing wonderful poem (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (4/24/2012 10:20:00 AM)

    Finely crafted, excellent rhyme and rhythm, and very logical theme common to all men - bitterness. (Report) Reply

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