Jun 232010

A Poison Tree is a poem that was published  by William Blake in 1794 along with 25 other poems in his book “Songs of Experience“. The poem describes how angriness held back can manifest itself in an ugly and more intense way when it could otherwise. The poem was also meant as a criticism towards the Anglican Church’s policy, which he accused of stifling “sinful” emotions in people, such as anger.

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 waterd it in fears,
Night & 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 outstretchd beneath the tree.

The poem was also put to voice a few times:

The poem read out in a nice accentuation as I think, followed by a sung version i don’t really favor. But see for yourself.

This video is a nice a Capella song of the poem, sung by a band called Rajaton.