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A Poison Tree by William Blake

April 18, 2009

By Anonymous, West Seneca, NY

Have you ever been angry with a friend? Has that anger ever expanded into something more than just a simple feud? I can bet a lot of people have gone through situations like that. Well this hatred and anger can be expressed in many ways such as writing, art, or music. But a good outlet is poetry, but sometimes the meaning is not always clear. In the poem “A Poison Tree” by William Blake shows what anger and hate can do to a person as it builds up inside them and the treacherous things that it can do them and other people around them.

In the poem the speaker is recalling a feud that they had with someone and how strong it had become. In the first two lines of the poem the speaker states “I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end.” showing that this speaker was angry at the other person and that their “wrath” or fierce anger ended their relationship.

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