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The Sick Rose

William Blake

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Added by: melissa
I think that this poem is really about the evil injustices of society. If you research Blake's background, you will find that he wrote this at the start of the Industrial Revolution. He opposed that monotonous, materialized society and used the sick rose to symbolize his resentment during this period of time.
Added by: Carly
The sick rose to me is not about love, it is not about rape or preaching. I think it is about Suicide. The sick rose is someone, eaten away by a worm (possibly depression). Crimson joy suggests blood (red) His secret love is the fact he wants to kill himself and it does in fact destroy his life. I do not know if this is right but it is my interpretation.
Added by: chris
ok everyone is focusing much to far upon this poem .Back up a couple steps to get a better ,broader viewpoint. In its broadest terms i believe it means innocence and good corrupted by consuming evil
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Added by: Jen
I think that the poem is about rape. The worm (priest) that raped the rose (woman). Because the invisible worm can be the priest since no one sees them, everybody doesn't think that a priest would ever do anything like that but no one knows for sure; and the rose being the woman is now sick because she is no longer innocent, also maybe no one believes the woman about being raped by the priest and they classify her as being sick.
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Added by: Makayla
This is maybe an abstract opinion, but maybe the whole poem has nothing to do with sex. This is what my first thoughts were:

The rose is a representation of life. It buds, it blooms, and it withers. Death is the invisible worm. It may come because of some sort of disease, accident or simply because a person's "season" has ended. The howling storm is a representation of the troubles of life, as well as the struggle to stay alive when one knows he or she is dying. Death comes in the night, in the middle of the storm. We cannot see it because of the tumult of the world around us. The bed of crimson joy is the heart. The heart is what lets us live. The joy of life is connected with the heart. The dark, secret love is Death's love of making people die.
Added by: Wendy
I think a man has lost his love (woman) to death. She was young and vibrant (Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy) and fell ill and was at death's door.
Death (the worm) has come in the night to steal life (the stealing of life is death's dark secret love).

I do not see her sickness as anything other than falling ill. The man is distraught and their is no indication thathe is responsible for her predicament and subsequent death.

Added by: Tom
The crimson joy refers to virginity being lost in a bed of lust (the bed also an interpretation of crimson)
Added by: Cazz

I think "The sick rose" by William Blake is exploring the ideas of hidden love the rose and the worm is just planly a rose and a worm the worms eggs are laied on to the rose. The worms love the rose dearly but the rose is getting eaten so the worms can carry on living. As the feed on the rose the worms gett fatter and fatter happier and happier and love the rose more and more. At the same time though the rose is getting sicker and sicker. This continues until the worm goes into the process of metamophis and tranforms into a moth. This makes the worm invisable because all though its a moth inside its still a worm. The moth produced lays eggs on a plant and so the cycle goes on and on. The moth is shown to be harmless by it is not as it kills the rose who is shown as vurable.
Added by: Chelsy
To truely understand what William Blake meant when he was writing the poem, you must understand the times in which he lived. The only relatively intelligent analysis I read on this forum was the one that mentioned syphilis. That person had the decency to consider the ear in which William Blake lived. I however have a different view. I believe that the rose symbolizes the common man and the worm is the upper class/royalty. In blakes time, the common man was unable to avoid the harsh hand of its governent(hence the representation by the immobile rose) the invisible worm is portrayed as a disgusting, yet sly creature that ruins the "rose"
Added by: thomas kimberly
i have have always felt that the rose is a life lived to its fullest, and the worm is the sorrow and pain inflicted by life and living. if sunlight changes all it touches, then also self observation brings changes in one's understanding of being. and if we are all roses of one form or another, then the most obvious changes are those inflicted by mother nature, or in the case of a person, human nature.

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