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:
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

Comments about A Poison Tree by William Blake

  • (3/18/2019 8:29:00 PM)

    THE ORIGINAL😍 (Report) Reply

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  • Mary Ellen Campbell (2/21/2019 8:44:00 PM)

    I love this powerful piece. I heard it in a Television Story, Criminal Minds. They have so many wonderful quotes. (Report) Reply

  • Nicole Settimi (2/19/2019 8:52:00 PM)

    'My foe outstretched beneath the tree. ' - chilling last line.

    Xx NDS
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  • (2/19/2019 1:51:00 PM)

    my name jeff and i like popcorn (Report) Reply

  • Sreelakshmi Revikumar (2/15/2019 2:41:00 AM)

    Studied this poem as a part of my curriculum two years back. It is Still fresh in my mind.. (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2018 9:35:00 PM)

    Is this poem about a destroyed friendship or revenge (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2018 9:00:00 PM)

    nice story, loved the image, what is was looking for in a read. A smirk (Report) Reply

  • (12/8/2018 4:42:00 AM)

    the poison tree is great poem which has described the friends angry will be ended but foes angry will be never ended as poison tree (Report) Reply

  • (11/13/2018 6:21:00 PM)

    wheres the metaphor in this please help me (Report) Reply

  • (10/25/2018 1:58:00 PM)

    yo this poem is off the hook (Report) Reply

  • (10/25/2018 1:58:00 PM)

    yo this poem is off tha hook (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes (10/25/2018 7:55:00 AM)

    The first two stanzas say simply that anger told to a friend puts the anger to and end, but nursing anger against a foe, hidden, causes his own tears and fears and leads him to deceitful conduct in showing a smiling face to his foe, and never revealing his anger. So, the anger causes a poison tree to grow in his mind; so his hatred poisons him but the resolution is puzzling; (Report) Reply

  • (10/8/2018 4:00:00 PM)

    What year was this written (Report) Reply

  • (9/22/2018 8:31:00 PM)

    I could teach this poem well in my class to all my students (Report) Reply

  • (9/8/2018 4:25:00 PM)

    Heart touching (Report) Reply

  • Bijay Kant Dubey (9/4/2018 5:33:00 AM)

    Under the poison tree, let it go the poison of living, discard you your venom. It is but the nature of the scorpion to sting and bite but that of the saint to forget and forgive as the things are in Leo Tolstoy's Three questions too. Enmity will breed enmity, hatred will hatred. Blake is trying to defuse the tension. Poison is for to be thrown off, not to be injected. God behaviour and mild undertaking can change it all even if the the situation is acrimonious and hostile. (Report) Reply

  • (9/4/2018 3:46:00 AM)

    Am yet to know Blake's poem...... But sure will like it

    U'll never get to knw
    Y d sun shines in d day
    U'll never get to knw
    Y d star n d moon brightens d night
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  • (8/26/2018 12:32:00 PM)

    Metaphorically the FOE could be; a person, a puzzle, an illness or even death. Genius! Love the Poem, (Report) Reply

  • (8/7/2018 7:12:00 AM)

    Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • (7/22/2018 3:46:00 PM)

    Yes thank you for saying fuck you . It’s like one of the most existential cries for help. Already Reported Reply

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Read poems about / on: tree, friend, night, smile, water, fear

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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