A Poison Tree



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 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. 
William Blake

Themes, Issues, Concepts: 
  • anger
  • getting even
  • resolution of anger
Literary Terms:
Answer the following questions on a sheet of paper.

  1. How does the narrator feel toward his foe?
  2. What words does the narrator use that convey his feelings?
  3. What tone comes through in this poem? What attitude does the narrator have toward his foe and to his plan?
Complete the following tone organizer for this poem:

Tone Organizer

 How does the narrator feel toward his for?
 What words does he use that convey his feelings?

 What tone comes through in this poem? What attitude does he have toward his foe and to his plan?

Plot Structure in "A Poison Tree"

Something happens in each stanza to advance the narrative. Reread the poem and write down in each box, as specifically as you can, what happens in the stanza. 
 Stanza 1

 Stanza 2

 Stanza 3

 Stanza 4

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