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(s) of this poem: tree


Comments about A Poison Tree by William Blake

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/20/2015 6:18:00 AM)


    Pungent poetry, There is a strong message in this poem.....You will be ashamed one day that why you held it for so long when it was easy to let it go.......You nurtured it with care and cry and finally you burned all energy for nothing.......I read it when in school and it reminded me my childhood days. (Report) Reply

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  • Briony Nicholls (9/18/2015 7:28:00 AM)


    One of the most memorable and powerful poems of all times, who can ever forgot this one? When the night had veiled the pole is a line I had difficulty in fully understanding in the past but I've just realised it may be a reference to the night disguising the guiding light of the North Star (a personification of the night) . Each line in this poem is so densely concentrated with meaning and with such moral impact. Lucky is the one who is informed of the poet's wrath and anger! He won't be found outstretched under the tree in the morning! (Report) Reply

  • (9/9/2015 9:12:00 AM)


    This man is no fine artist.His writings are bland like allother poems I have sampled.What is wrong with humanity that I be the onlypoet capable that lives at anytime? -Albert George Vinny (Report) Reply

  • Rahman Henry (9/6/2015 2:23:00 AM)


    Powerful, one of the signature poems of Blake. I've Bengalized this poem for my native readers. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (8/31/2015 2:22:00 AM)


    Powerful poem full of atmosphere and latent intent. Very palpable. (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2015 8:09:00 AM)


    ....a most intriguing write, especially when I view this poem from different perspectives ★ (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2015 5:39:00 AM)


    最后一段很美 Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (8/18/2015 10:15:00 PM)


    And my foe beheld it shine (Report) Reply

  • Angel Dzidula-komla (8/2/2015 4:46:00 PM)


    And my foe beheld it shine. (Report) Reply

  • Charity Nduhiu (7/15/2015 4:52:00 AM)


    Till it bore an apple bright well said william (Report) Reply

  • Dedan Onyango (7/11/2015 4:13:00 AM)


    This ballad remains to be one of my favourite poem by william blake. (Report) Reply

  • Phanice Wamukota (7/5/2015 3:48:00 AM)


    This is a classic. The best way to vent, speak it out, to that person. (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (6/9/2015 2:44:00 AM)


    If we only do what he did then anger would be missed in this world. (Report) Reply

  • khaled Elbalishy (5/15/2015 2:56:00 PM)


    The best thing is to be under the wings of nature especially with of of the pioneer of William Black (Report) Reply

  • Crystal Pierce (3/24/2015 8:37:00 PM)


    This poem is sensational. The poet William Blake put his envy into words and expressed his feelings for his foe and friend. Great poem by a great poet! (Report) Reply

  • Holly Gustafson (3/21/2015 6:33:00 PM)


    This poem is so, so good. (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris (2/21/2015 7:05:00 AM)


    Awesome piece of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2015 4:13:00 AM)


    amazing (Report) Reply

  • (1/22/2015 2:41:00 PM)


    Just if i had read it before (Report) Reply

  • Elisha Wall (1/20/2015 3:44:00 AM)


    Amazing! ! ! One the greatest poems of all time with profound wisdom of forgiveness and the result of not showing it. For we shall love and forgive not only our friends, but our foes as Christ commands. It is the way of true love. Thanks (Report) Reply

    Briony Nicholls Briony Nicholls (9/17/2015 10:09:00 AM)

    This poem is not about love and forgiveness, though. Quite the opposite I'm afraid. You didn't note that he was glad to find his foe outstretched underneath a tree dead as a door knob?



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