William Blake (1757-1827)

"If a thing loves, it is infinite."

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William Blake

He was a English poet, painter, and printmaker. He wasn't recognized during his lifetime but is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His work is connected to the romantic age because most, if not all, of his pieces are fictional pieces. His first printed work was called Poetical Sketches (1783). He had written about 140 poems.

A Poison Tree- William Blake (1794)

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.


T- Based on the title, the poem could be about a poisonous tree

P- When I told my friend I was angry at him, the anger went away. But I was angry with

my enemy and my anger grew because I did not tell him. I was caring for my anger

with tears, fears, and smiles. I thought of a way to get my enemy back, and he fell for

it. Later on, I found my enemy dead under a tree.

C- angry, smiles, tears, fears, bright, shine, stole

A- careful, accurate, intentional

S- line 1 (angry) line 2 (happy)

line 2 (happy) and line 3 (angry)

paragraph 1-2 (doesn't think about revenge) and paragraph 3 (has a plan for revenge)

T- The poisonous (enemy) tree (because (s)he was found dead under a tree)

T- Don't keep your feelings in. If you keep them in, it will make you more angry than you

already are.

William Blake "A Poison Tree" Poem animation