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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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  • 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

  • Pauline Grace (7/4/2006 9:50:00 AM)

    How simply he says what we all know, but cannot bring to pass because of our ego, our lack of forgiveness, and our inability to see what makes our life peaceful. It makes me think of Adam and Eve and the apple on the tree, and that metaphor is very strongly etched in my mind, as a practical application of a Bible truth. As an aside, I do believe that people who do not read, seek out, or enjoy poetry are diminished...it feeds the soul and spirit. (Report) Reply

  • Shauna Taylor (4/24/2005 6:02:00 PM)

    William Blake is actually my first love (poets) ! I remember this poem from high school, this being the first to capture my interest. 'Poison Tree', to me, holds a very strong message for us all as it shows us the seemingly innocent yet seductively black side of malice and hate once fed and nourished in our hearts. Thanks to dear William, this poem has made me resist many a 'tempation' toward malice, reaping a more fruitful result of peace: -) (Report) Reply

  • M. Blackstone (2/1/2005 10:14:00 AM)

    I found this poem after Garrison Keillor read it on his radio segment. It moved me greatly as a friend of mine is trying to hurt me and I am needing strength to fight back. This poem made me stop and reassess the problem....and sadly, gave me hope to continue. This battle will not have good consequences for my friend - now foe. (Report) Reply

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