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The Sick Rose Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 6294

Songs of Experience1789O Rose thou art sick.

The invisible worm.

That flies in the night

In the howling storm:Has found out thy bed

Of crimson joy:

And his dark secret love

Does thy life destroy.






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A Nice Piece of Poem with the Scope of so many INTERPRETATIONS.

| Posted on 2014-08-25 | by a guest


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In the 18th century London became a center of public houses..the worm represents any male customer who goes to the prostitute and are after personal satisfaction..roses life is destroyed physically, emotionally, socially and psycholigically..whereby the rose could represent love romance or just a beautiful woman

| Posted on 2013-12-01 | by a guest


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Hello All , the poem by famous pro-romantic poet " William Blake " its a short poem with written in complicated language though its short . the title is a combination of destructive and beauty as it suggested . I think rose represent the woman and the worn represent the deceive man who track his love and crashed it .
this is in a brief way ..!!

| Posted on 2013-10-04 | by a guest


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The Sick Rose: Innocent girl introduced into a world of sex and debauchery, just a rose destroyed by a worm, England\'s greatness devoured by her vices, London\'s greatness devoured by her vices, A virgin get\'s a venereal disease from a promiscous man, a virgin is in a brothel and loses her virginity and morality at the same time, love unrequited destroys the lover through longing, we could go on and on. This poem is not only a testament to the importance of Blake\'s biography, but also to the \"pack all your meaning into as few words as possible\" purpose of writing good short poems. No matter what \"something wicked and deadly has killed the rose!\"

| Posted on 2013-03-01 | by a guest


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As others have suggested before me, the rose it not just a symbol of love but also a symbol of beauty. The rose could be a metaphor for the beautiful city of London before it was corrupted by the State who had a love for power. Blake is known for writing of the horrors of 18th century London, during Industrial Revolution.

| Posted on 2012-11-04 | by a guest


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This poem, from Blake\'s Innocence and Experience is about contracting syphilis. The rose is a metaphor for a woman\'s genitalia and the \'invisible\' worm is the disease. The life destroyed is that of the person contracting the disease.

| Posted on 2012-03-12 | by a guest


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I don\'t think anyone can really say that somebody\'s analysis is \'bad\' or \'not right\' English literature is subjective and therefore open to interpretation.

| Posted on 2012-01-24 | by a guest


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Poetry is far from being retarded,you should be more open minded.

| Posted on 2011-10-16 | by a guest


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Really great article with very interesting information. You might want to follow up to this topic!?! 2011

| Posted on 2011-08-22 | by a guest


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There\'s nothing wrong to analyze a poem. It depends on how a person interpret the poem. Many various answers but we cannot say it is wrong. Think the way you think when you read the poem.

| Posted on 2011-05-31 | by a guest


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I have enjoyed reading all of your comments and they have enriched me and I did learn from them as well as the poem.I can onlt say I posted a vid to someone,later to find this poem after and a sync to it.It was of a girl riding on a horse in the night with the wind in her hair.It was from a series.I thought it beautiful.I only found it because I seached some words I forget now...I love someones spirit I have never met.My middle name is rose and once I got answer from God to me as pink Rose.I asked\"give me an answer to what the dream means\" and He sent to me this exquisite rose with each fold as a layer.I felt peace after and knew He heard me.>>>Mr.Mojo has Risen~ I\'ve had too many dreams with syncs of his.I have just realized what they are about.The message he sends from me to you~break on through! Peace and hope to you all.Love

| Posted on 2011-05-19 | by a guest


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I have enjoyed reading all of your comments and they have enriched me and I did learn from them as well as the poem.I can onlt say I posted a vid to someone,later to find this poem after and a sync to it.It was of a girl riding on a horse in the night with the wind in her hair.It was from a series.I thought it beautiful.I only found it because I seached some words I forget now...I love someones spirit I have never met.My middle name is rose and once I got answer from God to me as pink Rose.I asked\"give me an answer to what the dream means\" and He sent to me this exquisite rose with each fold as a layer.I felt peace after and knew He heard me.>>>Mr.Mojo has Risen~ I\'ve had too amny dreams with syncs of his.I have just realized what they are about.The message he sends from me to you~break on through! Peace and hope to you all.Love

| Posted on 2011-05-19 | by a guest


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This poem represents the retardedness of all poetry. . . as well as the retardedness of those who analise it. . .

| Posted on 2011-05-18 | by a guest


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the rose refers to a young virgin that has been deflowered by a deceitful young man howling storm signifies the magnitude at which he cunningly comes in and defiles her bed of crimson joy taking away all her radiance and causing her to wither(sickness)

| Posted on 2011-04-24 | by a guest


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My English 2 teacher said that the poem is about a girl who has an affair and comes down with an STD. The rose represents \"losing her flower\".

| Posted on 2011-03-19 | by a guest


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the poem is about a flower = specifically a rose, i have made my research about blake, blake has a rose when he was young and he was so shocked that one day his rose died, which leads to the creation of this poem,... seriously.

| Posted on 2011-02-25 | by a guest


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if you go to you will find better analysis than this

| Posted on 2011-02-15 | by a guest


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I think that it may be easier to see the rose, not as a woman but as the feminine, or passion. I don\'t think that the worm is a man, or the masculine necessarily but is best described as an agent which forces change. Change possibly for the feminine, or death of a particular way of being for the feminine. In religious terms, one may view the worm as the devil, possibly, the devil who challenges, and forces a sacrifice. The devil often appears in guises - hence is invisible - and catches us unaware (through the night) or when we are distracted (in the howling storm).

| Posted on 2011-01-30 | by a guest


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When i first read the poem, i was in love with the most delightful, corrupted, twisted, intelligent boy - and though it was never spoken aloud, i\'m pretty sure my feelings were known and this piece stood as a ghost between us, signposting the end to a relationship that we never, would never, begin.
I think it is about love, the toxic sort. Its the imprint of intense emotion that will inevitably result in doom - a glimpse of chaos that rips your heart out, bares it to all, before you take it in your hands, dripping blood, and crush the life out of it.
If Romeo didnt have his own bit of poetry, i\'d say mr Blake downright nailed that boy\'s emotions as he looked down at Juliet\'s seemingingly lifeless body, knowing in his heart that if they had never met, if he\'d never indulged this love, she would have been better off.
But maybe its all my emotions getting in the way. Who knows. It could be something as simple as writing about his sick sibling.

| Posted on 2011-01-03 | by a guest


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Blake is still a mystery to me but what i could get of this poem is that sex was a taboo at blakes time.The sick rose is a girl whose innocence and virginity is corrupted by a cheat, who vanished after destroying her crimson joy-the innocence and chastity.And she feels depressed out of both the deception and her unfulfilled sexual desire for him and she is being destroyede slowly..d howling storm is d uncontrollable & strong sexual passion which made her lose everything.

| Posted on 2011-01-02 | by a guest


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two of blakes siblings died in his childhood. which is likely to happen considering the amount of diseases. i believe that this poem may be talking about the second sibling that died, as they got the same sickness as the first sibling that resulted in death. i believe blake is wrting knowingly of what the \"invisible worm\" will do, the worm being the disease. \"o rose thou art sick\" meaning that possibly the next sibling is sick this may result in death like the first. \"the invisible worm that flies in the night, in the howling storm\" the disease is a strong diease, it can overcome a storm showing its indestructablity., \"has found out thy bed of crimson joy\" the disease has found a bed of happiness and is now about to contaminte the victim. \"and his dark secret love does life destroy\" the diseases secret love and main motive is to infect and kill its victim, thats how blake sees the diease because it killed his sibling. in which did result in the second siblings death as an infant.

| Posted on 2010-12-15 | by a guest


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two of blakes siblings died in his childhood. which is likely to happen considering the amount of diseases. i believe that this poem may be talking about the second sibling that died, as they got the same sickness as the first sibling that resulted in death. i believe blake is wrting knowingly of what the \"invisible worm\" will do, the worm being the disease. \"o rose thou art sick\" meaning that possibly the next sibling is sick this may result in death like the first. \"the invisible worm that flies in the night, in the howling storm\" the disease is a strong diease, it can overcome a storm showing its indestructablity., \"has found out thy bed of crimson joy\" the disease has found a bed of happiness and is now about to contaminte the victim. \"and his dark secret love does life destroy\" the diseases secret love and main motive is to infect and kill its victim, thats how blake sees the diease because it killed his sibling. in which did result in the second siblings death as an infant.

| Posted on 2010-12-15 | by a guest


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Blake mused and lamented on the occurrence and loss of the innocent beauty of nature, and even something so innocent and beautiful as a crimson rose is subject to invasion in the night by pests. The worm in both literal and figurative, as a destroyer of something innocent. Life and its interpretations mimic nature as a whole and observation of the joy and cruelty of life is always around us. The loss of the beauty of the rose to the literal worm, from one point was tragic, but from another, beauty, in that it gave rise to another beautiful creature of nature. The sadness, irony, and beauty that nature provides us if we only look.

| Posted on 2010-12-06 | by a guest


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I\'m sorry, but i believe all of you are wrong. The rose in the poem obviously symbolizes love. The worm is the consequence of falling for it. At some point in all of our lives, our hearts are fertile for the seeds of love, but after our first heartbreak, we begin to trust less and make it harder to let love in. A worm can dry soil and cause it to become less fertile, which, overall, makes the rose begin to fade. Love works the same way, once you let someone into \"thy lovely bed\" which means the deepest part of your trust, it can wither the heart and tangle the soul.

| Posted on 2010-11-24 | by a guest


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I think the worm represents trolls on the internet, I think the Rose is my sanity, and you morons are going to destroy it

| Posted on 2010-11-16 | by a guest


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Why does every one think that it`s about a women?!!! It really doesn`t have to be. Blake mainly concentrates on the mind forged manakles( the things that take away peoples freedom aka religion, government etc,so maybe he`s refuring to the people`s life that used to be beautifull untill the people had a \"worm\" infecting thei`re lifes I think he is refuring to the government back in the 17th century that had \"dark love\" for power and ate away all the joy out of peoples lives..

| Posted on 2010-11-11 | by a guest


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I do think that the line \"has found out thy bed\" is an innuendo and gives the rest of the poem its meaning. The rose symbolizes a woman. The worm is a lover. the bed of crimson joy is of hers and her husbands. the dark secret love eats away at her soul and destroys her life. To analyze a poem, I usually break it apart line by line then stanza by stanza. Sometimes the way the poem is written (syntax or form) has something to do with the meaning, although I don\'t think it has anything to do with this one.
If that is the basis of what I think, can anyone help me elaborate on it?

| Posted on 2010-11-09 | by a guest


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The worm was a stupid worm for flyingin such weather.

| Posted on 2010-10-02 | by a guest


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I believe it to be about a person who has an STI, like the harlot in \'London.\'

| Posted on 2010-09-14 | by a guest


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this is good poem which can already have so many interpretations.

| Posted on 2010-09-12 | by a guest


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The invisible worm I believe may be anything that tears a person down. Rose is, quite obviously, a lovely woman and she is \'ill\'. Although, I believe it is more of a mental illness or depression than a physical ailment.
\"The invisible worm.
That flies in the night
In the howling storm\"
Those three lines together suggest to me that the worm is somebody she least expected to cause her pain, or it was a surprise. The \'howling storm\' and \'night\' help disguise the worm.
\"Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy\"
So, apparently before the worm found her, she was happy. Crimson joy is used to express pure happiness, and the worm could possibly be the woman\'s husband considering the \'bed\' reference.
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And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
\"
Possibly the worm who is sneaky and destroyed this young woman\'s life is her husband who was abusive/wrong doing. Or, perhaps it speaks of multiple people and how they all contributed to her downfall. The ending, for me, suggests that the woman committed suicide from her depression (her \'sickness\').
Of course, this is my understanding in an attempt to keep it without a sexual reference.

| Posted on 2010-08-29 | by a guest


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our society? (2009-11-03)
this poem was written in the romantic period genius...i doubt you were alive then

| Posted on 2010-08-15 | by a guest


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I don't have any idea.
the poem is really mind puzzling....

| Posted on 2010-07-07 | by a guest


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I think i am god. so does the girl next to me we are ace and will pass literature as with flying colours we know this poem inside out we rule YEAH!

| Posted on 2010-07-01 | by a guest


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i beleive this poem is about a rose that gets a parasite. think about it.

| Posted on 2010-06-28 | by a guest


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haha lmao :D
some of these comments r jokes
i soo think tht the guy is afta sex
but the girl has HIV
lol

| Posted on 2010-06-14 | by a guest


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I'm studying this poem for a project for school. This is not necessarily what this poem actually means but it's my interpretation.
In Blake’s poem, although the speaker speaks as though to a rose, the reader can determine that the speaker is actually musing to himself and not an actual rose from the starting line ‘O Rose’. The ‘o’ in this sentence tells us that the rose is not actually real, but is symbolising something else. Traditionally, roses have always symbolized love, romance, passion, beauty and/or the fleetingness of something because roses don’t last forever. Therefore, as we read past the first line, we have the idea of the poem being of love or a person he loved in our minds. Throughout the rest of the poem there are many subtle references to another man. The poem talks of a worm who has found the rose’s bed of crimson joy. All these words – worm, bed, joy – all have the possibility to have a sexual innuendo. Also, the speaker refers to the worm as a male later in the poem; ‘And his dark secret love, Does thy life destroy.’ From all of these cues we can assume that his love was cheating on him and we can tell that it was unbeknownst to him from the many words that suggest so, like ‘invisible worm’, ‘flies in the night’ and ‘dark secret’ which are used in reference to the ‘worm’ or other man.

| Posted on 2010-06-06 | by a guest


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My analysis about the poem is this one...
the refers to a young beautiful woman, who has a non-physical disease but it very painful and its dragging her to death, until her only happiness its the death itself, and the secret she has kept for so long comes out hurting/killing the people around her or her own lover...

| Posted on 2010-05-12 | by a guest


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My analysis about the poem is this one...
the refers to a young beautiful woman, who has a non-physical disease but it very painful and its dragging her to death, until her only happiness its the death itself, and the secret she has kept for so long comes out hurting/killing the people around her or her own lover...

| Posted on 2010-05-12 | by a guest


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My analysis about the poem is this one...
the refers to a young beautiful woman, who has a non-physical disease but it very painful and its dragging her to death, until her only happiness its the death itself, and the secret she has kept for so long comes out hurting/killing the people around her or her own lover...

| Posted on 2010-05-12 | by a guest




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