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.


Comments about A Poison Tree by William Blake

  • Freshman - 605 Points Paola Degli Esposti (5/17/2015 5:43:00 AM)

    bad feelings are in human beings (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
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  • Rookie - 53 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 - 694 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 - 95 Points Holly Gustafson (3/21/2015 6:33:00 PM)

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

  • Bronze Star - 2,750 Points Godfrey Morris (2/21/2015 7:05:00 AM)

    Awesome piece of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie shouq albelouki (1/25/2015 4:13:00 AM)

    amazing (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points MAHIMA JAIN (1/22/2015 2:41:00 PM)

    Just if i had read it before (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,381 Points L. E. O. Gibraltar (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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,381 Points L. E. O. Gibraltar (1/20/2015 3:42:00 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

  • Gold Star - 8,865 Points Ronjoy Brahma (1/14/2015 11:07:00 AM)

    Great poem, i like it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Raphael Reichert (11/16/2014 10:42:00 PM)

    Great poem, but the recorded reading put the M's in monotonous and monochromatic. Kindly have a poet or actor do such recordings, i.e., inject some soul. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,945 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/10/2014 6:12:00 AM)

    Very simple poem bearing universal truth, how human anger and hate can be nurtured day and night and how it grows to be a poisoned tree. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,036 Points Savita Tyagi (10/14/2014 8:04:00 PM)

    The poet is lucky that his wreath didn't destroy him, instead killed only his foe! Enjoyed the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 165 Points Kevin Nash (10/14/2014 11:56:00 AM)

    lovely work man, inspiring poetic minds... So much could be learnd with this kind of writing! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,538 Points Kay Staley (10/14/2014 9:47:00 AM)

    Very simple and kinda like a nursery rhyme with more meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 456 Points Gexg Lalnuna (10/14/2014 8:01:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,095 Points Patricia Grantham (10/14/2014 6:50:00 AM)

    A great metaphor in the friend that he thought
    he had. In the end his wishes came true was
    the friend he once knew. Compelling. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,731 Points Valsa George (10/14/2014 6:42:00 AM)

    This is one of the most beautiful and meaningful poems, I have read! Simple in form, but so profound in content! If anger is watered and nurtured, it will shoot into a poison tree bearing lethal fruits! Who all eat them meet with their doom! Anger destroys both the owner and the reciever! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 29,303 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/14/2014 4:24:00 AM)

    A great poem from the great poetic mind. The first para tells us the fact while he was wrath with the friend and when it is discussed it ended there. when such a wrath to the foe not ended and until his friend's death. A great image about the wrath and vengeance here poet describes and in fact the world is seeing those things and we experiences in real life. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/14/2014 3:44:00 AM)

    Communication with smile fill the gap..if silently bears the things...it is wastage...decay of energy..washing with tears the holiness within nice (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 23, 2014


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