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

  • Petals Azureblue (8/11/2018 8:35:00 PM)


    Revenge may seem sweet at first, but later dastardly deeds will the conscience depriving of peace. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/7/2018 7:12:00 AM)


    Nice poem (Report) Reply

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    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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  • (7/4/2018 1:09:00 PM)


    Sublime. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/3/2018 2:45:00 PM)


    Beautiful muse (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/29/2018 10:07:00 PM)


    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

    poisonous lines!
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  • (5/28/2018 5:43:00 PM)


    I feel like it would make more sense if it was In the morning ambivalent I see, since the death is supposedly symbolizing a negative consequence of bottled emotion exploding. (Report) Reply

  • (5/24/2018 11:13:00 PM)


    Love it , its my favourite poem (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2018 9:20:00 AM)


    Savage memes ha ha ye ye yeet (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2018 9:16:00 AM)


    hi this is so wird (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (5/19/2018 1:41:00 AM)


    Wow! Imaginative, full of emotions and expression....10++++ (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2018 1:41:00 AM)


    Profound thought expressed in the simplest language (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2018 2:11:00 PM)


    Very interesting poem (Report) Reply

  • (5/2/2018 11:14:00 AM)


    Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2018 5:37:00 AM)


    Very very very very interesting poem (Report) Reply

  • (4/26/2018 9:27:00 AM)


    this was really good (Report) Reply

  • (3/29/2018 1:59:00 PM)


    just so cool how the are try to keep there anger inside by them it all releases (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 23, 2014


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