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A Poison Tree by William Blake

wmblakeEnglish poet, printmaker, and painter William Blake created some of the most idiosyncratic, diverse work during the Romantic Age. Considered one of the most influential figures in the history of visual arts and poetry, Blake’s work during the Romantic Age was prophetic, powerful, and imaginative. Scholar William Rossetti best described Blake as a “glorious luminary” of the late 18th century with his themes of questioning faith, religion, and human existence. Ultimately, Blake’s craft was influenced tremendously by revolution, mysticism, and philosophy and have a timeless appeal that few, if any, authors can replicate.

“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 water’d 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 behind 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 outstretch’d beneath the tree.”