poet William Blake

William Blake

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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:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

Topic(s) of this poem: tree

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001
Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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    'And it grew both day and night,
    Till it bore an apple bright.
    And my foe beheld it shine.
    And new it was mine, '

    The wrath of 'I' shines so bright and fills the 'foe' to the core.

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  • Suryendu Chaudhury (9/21/2020 2:00:00 PM)

    Anger if nourished can only lead to doom. It feeds on hatred and gives rise to terror.

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    This is one of my favourite poems of William Blake. Truly reflecting what malice means. The poison kills not only my foe but makes me also look ugly and imperfect with effects of dirt within. I loved the presentation in form of a tree.

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    Blake was a true master of the surreal and thanks heavens for that.
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