Poetry Friday: The Poison Tree  – William Blake

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.jpg

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to let go of my anger more. I’m extremely good at letting my frustration build up until I explode. When I do explode, it’s mostly around my husband which is completely unfair. So I’m trying to let it go. (Cue Frozen soundtrack)

It’s weird how I have to ‘learn’ to be positive again, both in general and about myself. Sometimes you just get used to a certain state of mind, it’s hard to go back to how you were before.

Next to trying to be more positive, I also want to be more productive. I recently purchased a Passion Planner (x) to try to get my priorities sorted out. There are so many things I want to do, so many projects I want to take on but I’m tired of starting things and not finishing them. It sucks all the energy out of me (so does being angry all the time) so I’m going to make plans and I’m going to try my best to stick to them.

Do you have any goals for 2017?

About the poem:

William Blake was born on 28th November 1757. He was not only an English poet, but a visionary of his time, as well. He was also an excellent painter and print maker. Art is what always attracted this poet. He belonged to the era of the Romantic Age. Most of his poems depict emotions and the consequences of the same. Although he was not very much recognized during his time, he turned out to be posthumous. He had always used his imagination to express the innermost emotions of the human race. Since he was, most of the times, in his own world of art, he was considered mad during his time.

The poem A Poison Tree is one of the most wonderful and appreciated works of William Blake. It was published in the year 1794 in his collection of Songs Of Experience, which talks about various emotions of humans. A Poison Tree forces you to look deep down inside your own self. It makes you ask a question to yourself – you often forgive your friends; would you ever forgive an enemy? (source)

Also, my favourite and most recently discovered version of this poem is the one where it was used in the trailer of The Originals. You can take a look here. (Warning, may contain spoilers!)

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