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William Haskins
12-08-2005, 08:04 AM
By William Blake (http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu:8080/saxon/servlet/SaxonServlet?source=blake/documents/biography.xml&style=blake/shared/styles/wba.xsl)

A Poison Tree

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 sunnèd 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.

12-08-2005, 09:24 AM
Cultivating the anger apple gets a 5-star rating.

A. Hamilton
12-08-2005, 11:09 AM

12-08-2005, 07:17 PM
As you can see by these short posts, this poem is uninspiring...I gave it a 2 for entertainment value. Gotta have something fierce for anger to work. (for me)

12-09-2005, 02:39 AM
i put in a four, meaning to do a five.

apologies for any misunderstandings,

im sure i had you all rattled with that little mishap ;)

Lyra Jean
12-09-2005, 10:33 AM
I love this poem...strangely it is a collection of poetry I own called: 1001 Love poems to read to each other. I guess you read this one if you want the one you love to die.

12-29-2005, 12:07 AM
How do you keep finding my favorite poems? Well, I guess there have been 2 so far I rated 3 or lower...

03-16-2012, 12:35 AM
I don't understand it. Why was his foe lying under his tree?

cacoethes scribendi
09-20-2012, 02:05 AM
I don't understand it. Why was his foe lying under his tree?

I think it means he had taken the apple. Both the sacred importance of the apple and the ability of the foe to take it, came from the hysteria of the author. I'm open to correction however :)