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

  • Gold Star - 38,584 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/4/2015 1:47:00 AM)

    Anger makes the things worse and this a very interesting poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 137 Points Surendra Negi (10/3/2015 2:34:00 AM)

    Is it possible to have such an imagination, and yet relate with it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 16 Points Artie Solomon (10/2/2015 8:01:00 PM)

    anger, expressed honestly and openly may lead to its quick dissipation. (disappearance) But anger sublimated, hidden carefully or unconsciously from oneself or others may become a poison to the bearer of the anger as well as the object of one's anger. (taking a sadistic delight in the demise of the other poisons one's self or character) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,219 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,380 Points 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

  • Rookie - 406 Points George Hill (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

  • Gold Star - 7,136 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 9,869 Points David Wood (8/31/2015 2:22:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 30,077 Points * Sunprincess * (8/29/2015 8:09:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie Duohan Zhang (8/22/2015 5:39:00 AM)

    最后一段很美 Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie shahid kamal (8/18/2015 10:15:00 PM)

    And my foe beheld it shine (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 730 Points Angel Dzidula-komla (8/2/2015 4:46:00 PM)

    And my foe beheld it shine. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,748 Points Charity Nduhiu (7/15/2015 4:52:00 AM)

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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,489 Points Dedan Onyango (7/11/2015 4:13:00 AM)

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

  • Bronze Star - 2,121 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,692 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,236 Points Paola Degli Esposti (5/17/2015 5:43:00 AM)

    bad feelings are in human beings (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 270 Points 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

  • Freshman - 851 Points 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

  • Rookie - 144 Points Holly Gustafson (3/21/2015 6:33:00 PM)

    This poem is so, so good. (Report) 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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