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Mar 2, 2012

Poetry Fridays and J.L's Giveaway Winners.

Posted by Wendy Ewurum  |  at  8:30 AM

As much as I enjoy and love modern poets work that I come across on a regular basis I must admit that I adore my classics even more. There's something about  the writing styles that makes me feel like I'm eavesdropping on a foreign language that I understand.  I think it has something to do with interpretation.
For example today's featured poem, It is so deceptively simple one would think this could be a children's rhyme but on closer inspection you realise the complexity of the message contained. I'm thinking of another one of William Blake's poems which I've enjoyed for years (The Tiger). It also has the same childlike quality at the beginning. I always get the feeling when I read the few poems I have read of William that he not so much deliberately seeks to teach moral lessons than explain his understanding of humanity and life in general. I wonder what you think about him.

If you enjoyed this poem or have any opinion about it I'd love to hear.

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 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 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 outstretchd beneath the tree.


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  1. I like the poem. I might have to borrow this one for my monthly poem post challenge.
    Congratulations to all the winners, Whoop, Whoop

  2. The more the merrier Sid. Great to see you. Hugs.

  3. Great poem!

    Congratulations to the winners.

  4. Interesting poem. I'm sorry I find it a bit difficult to understand. I've tried understanding it from different angles, but it still puzzles me. I do like "The Tiger" a lot.

  5. Ahhhh, reminds me of "Endyminion" by Keats.

    Read this a while back too but today it strikes home with it's message. It's also curious that I just finished a message by Joel Osteen on "Anger". How it only affects the angered. So, like Blake elucidates, "tell your wrath." LOL.

    Nice pick for Poetry Friday.

    This is why your blog roxxx! So on point.

    Sochi (Twitter: @a_iki).

    It's no wonder you're drawn to the classics. The "exotic" is always drawn to the "exotic."

  6. heey friends thanks for dropping in
    Richard for me it just reminds me its so mucg easier to love those that love us. when angered by them we can tell tell much more easily and we fight, argue over the issue, talk it and ultimately forgive and forget.

    Not so with those we do not love or who we consider the enemy or adversary. when they injure we simmer in the slight they committed (wrath is watered and sunned) encouraging nurtureand it in turn breeds malice as in us plotting and planning their downfall. The most interesting btto me is the plotting bit. the deceitful smiles and wiles to gain their trust. then when they leastexpectit,you hit them with their weakness. \talk about revenge beinga dish best served cold. The second part of this poem is really cold.

  7. Wendy, your interpretation helps me to understand it. I probably take things too literally. The problem I had with the poem was the use of the word 'it'. I couldn't quite pin down what 'it' was referring to, although I can see it better now. Thank you. And thank you for stopping by my blog to voice your opinion. It looks like working on the sequel is the better choice.

  8. I love the explanation for the poem...perfect in my opinion...and thanks for the many good books in my kitty. The second I won at yours(technically the first since Paradox was for someone else). I hope she wouldn't mind my posting a review when I finish it. I have played a tag game with my writer friends today, incase you want to pick some of the questions to answer check out my post.

  9. I apologize for the errors in my comments. I must master this iPad Bluetooth thing soon. Rek you are very lucky here indeed. I don't think she'd mind because up to this day she never got back to me.
    I agree on the fab books point. There is a host to choose from right now. My ereader is bursting at the proverbial seems.

  10. I LOVE this poem! What a lovely message in fabulous, flowing language. Great pick.

  11. Saludos, Wendy!

    Thank you for posting this poem. It is a treasure, an invaluable reminder to not horde ill will, to let it go once we "feel" it and to release it as easily as we release that that irritates us from friends.

    It ought to be so easy to love---everyone, friends and those waiting to be friends if we could but see beyond their differences. Yet, for so many of us, when the lines of demarcation are drawn in the sand, we find it easier to stand across the divide and wage war...even if the battle places our own lives at risk.

    Kudos for a simply beautiful, strikingly powerful poem!!

    Have a sensational weekend...


  12. Saludos Claudia,
    Its even worse when you think of how many potential friends we miss along the way because we decide to horde malice..

  13. What a fabulous and very true poem. Thank you for sharing.


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