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 of this poem: tree

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Comments about this poem (A Poison Tree by William Blake )

  • Rookie Michael Harmon (4/24/2009 1:06:00 PM)

    courses.wcupa.edu/fletcher/britlitweb/lranieria.htm (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (4/24/2009 12:35:00 PM)

    He was angry with his friend. Man, I don't like what you did! OK, pal, let's kiss and make up.

    He was angry with his sworn enemy. I won't let on how ticked I am with him. Every morning I wake, I'll curse him and his kin. He'll think I'm a friend, a brother!
    But I'll scheme and plot and hide my hate!

    And one bright day, the apple will fall from the tree. Go on, take a bite, sucker!
    He did!

    End of fable! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Joseph Poewhit (4/24/2009 7:02:00 AM)

    Poem captures well the depths of hate. The time of a trees growth and the years of finally baring fruit. The ending leaves an opening for finding the foe under the tree. Though was it forgiveness or death of the foe, that was the final question. As the Bible teaches, forgiveness is Jesus teaching. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah Moore (3/11/2009 8:19:00 PM)

    i don't think the time it was growing would be painful for the speaker... plotting is half the fun of a satisfying outcome. i love this poem, it's one of my favorites. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Danzen D. (1/7/2009 6:46:00 AM)

    Anger...it truly is a poison tree. It grew and grew and ended up in a murder. A truth among us. But during the time the tree was growing, it must have been a very painful time for the speaker.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stephen Rodriguez (11/5/2008 8:24:00 PM)

    This is a nice poem. I didn't notice the Adam and Eve/Cain and Able reference, and I wonder if William Blake did. I just took from it the troubles that can come from holding a grudge rather than working things out. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chrys Mayor (10/27/2008 3:37:00 PM)

    Adam and Eve vs. Cain and Able in a poem. I love it! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sazarh Natisi (9/9/2008 11:25:00 PM)

    We had to analyze this poem in class and we all had no clue about it! but when we tried to analyze it as a class we all understood and we thought WOW! what a poem! i love this poem. the way it is written that is. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tavis Fong (5/26/2008 5:01:00 PM)

    @Brian Dorn

    He KILLED the guy at the end.

    Just so you know...since it doesn't really seem like you caught that....stretched out beneath the tree indeed...after having consumed a poison apple grown with fear and hate and tears. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pedro Deus (4/24/2008 4:49:00 PM)

    This poem is really good. Pity that such an poet is dead. I think we need more poets like him in modern days. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Zach Tillerson (4/23/2008 7:24:00 PM)

    While this poem is great to draw you into Blake's work you can never quite understand it unless you compare the 'Songs of Innocence' and the 'Songs of Experience' and then interpret them. If you do so you will find Blake criticizing the church, children being sold as either prostitutes and dieing of syphilis or children being sold a chimney sweeps and being worked to the point of deformity, and also a good critic of British society during the industrial revolution. What an amazing poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Thomas Plunkett (1/9/2008 12:32:00 PM)

    Truly, Kevin Harrison, you've posted a terrible comment. Blake's work doesn't make sense? That comment doesn't make sense since the poem is quite clear, and even if it were meaningless to contemporary life, (all of you reading this realize that this is not the case, as William Blake is the man, and he was way ahead of his time) how can you fault the guy for being not only relevant, but totally radical in his own time? I think he's a genius and a revolutionary. Great poem too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Imogen c (10/11/2007 8:32:00 PM)

    gregory collins that is the oddest relpy to a poem i have ever read love the poem by the way (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 22 Points Gregory Collins (9/6/2007 8:48:00 PM)

    jellyspoon in Dianas forests, help us all, luckily manhood has been forgotten on this planet, and you are no shot herring, maybe grief has blown you up like a balloon, maybe you have forgotten what the inside of a church looks like, eh jellyspoon, perhaps as critic and professional appreciator you have started to grow wings and become a fairy, as valued as a weeny extroadinaire, but hey, whereever, whenever, justt ry to be a well adjusted person, and have a nice day teaching the handicaped to yodel, ...you are as valued as Hercules, eh jellyspoon (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 477 Points ... Dog God 8hate (5/9/2007 11:20:00 PM)

    Release! I say...'release! ' Reality demands more than the prosaic notions of religiose minions. There comes a juncture for all to 'do or die'...dignity must exert a portion of pain to survive: 'Pray thy destiny be kind! Prey on vagaries of the blind! ' (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 995 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (4/24/2007 1:10:00 PM)

    I like the way this poem has been written. Its beauty lies in its simplicity of style and sparing use of words to understand the darker side of human nature. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie adfghdrtdjhkebnvkaerhgv dgverhg4wnvshkdfsg (1/26/2007 3:57:00 AM)

    combination of both the earthly side of man and his spiritual identity, are both well presented in this creation by Blake. It may be a poem of hate and human incapicity to fogive, but its beauty is found when one goes deeper than just inspecting semantic meaning of the words used, but by interpreting the poem as a breathing testament of humanity and its somewhat darker side. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie James Dexter (9/21/2006 12:38:00 PM)

    Kevin Harrison... you are an idiot. If you can say that William Blake's poems do not relate and are meaningless to modern day life you really should open your eyes and look around at society. William Blake's a poison tree relates to all who are not complete monks and so forth. Brilliant poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Harrison (8/14/2006 6:17:00 AM)

    I do not like William Blakes' poems because they are senseless and meaningless to modern day life, i see that poems which give the nature of war show us our true path. I believe that Blake's poems are selfish, tasteless, pathetic and un-interesting! This poem is totally crap! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (7/21/2006 11:22:00 PM)

    If we could all learn to be respectful and live in peace with our neighbors there'd be a whole lot less people outstreatched beneath apple trees. An interesting statement on the nature of society. (Report) Reply



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