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Prepared by: Porshothman Elenggoven

Form 5 Literature - Poem


A POISON TREE by William Blake

Stanza 1

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1 I was angry with my friend I was angry with my friend
2 I told my wrath, my wrath did end I told my wrath(anger) to my friend and I got over my
anger.
3 I was angry with my foe I was angry with my foe (enemy)
4 I told it not, my wrath did grow I did not tell my wrath to my foe, so my anger grew.

Stanza 2

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1 And I watered it in fears. I treated my anger like a plant. A plant needs water and
sunshine. Likewise, everyday I nourished my wrath with
water in the form of tears and fears.
2 Night and morning with my tears I also gave my anger-tree sunshine in the form of smiles
3 And I sunned it with smiles. and cunning tricks.
4 And with soft deceitful wiles.

Stanza 3

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1 And it grew both day and night My tree of anger grew steadily everyday until it bore an
2 Till it bore an apple bright apple. It was shiny but it was poisonous.
3 And my foe beheld it shine My enemy saw the shiny apple and he knew it was mine.
4 And he knew it was mine

Stanza 4

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1 And into my garden stole One night, when darkness hid the pole star, my foe crept
2 When the night had veiled the pole into the garden. He stole my apple.
3 In the morning glad I see In the morning, I was happy to see my foe lying dead
4 My foe outstretched beneath the tree under the tree.

Themes:

1. Forgiving and forgetting


2. The importance of communicating when there is a misunderstanding.
3. The dangers of repressing anger
4. Dangers of wrath and hatred.
Prepared by: Porshothman Elenggoven
Form 5 Literature - Poem
iThink
Write four suitable adjectives to describe the person and the persona’s poison tree in the poem.

The persona

The persona’s
poison tree

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LET’S DISCUSS ABOUT YOUR ENEMY!

Think about one of your enemies.

Why do you consider them as your enemy?

How did you treat them?

Share it with the class!