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The Sick Rose

William Blake

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Added by: claire
i'd just like to point out that there is no one meaning, all of u ppl who say that u no exactly what the poem means are wrong. it could have hundreds of meanings and none of us know exactly what william blake was thinking when he wrote this.
Freudian approach
Added by: AJ
Willaim Blake was writing about sex. The worm is symbolic of the penis, and the flower is a classical symbol of the female genetalia. The bed of crimson joy could be the vagina itself or the woman's hymen, which gets broken during the act, releasing her virginal blood. The destruction of her life is the end of her childhood, and the loss of the innosence that goes with it.
meaning? maybe
Added by: Erica
i saw this poem as a love affair and now reading over everyone elses theorys the rose might be innocence but it is sick so its not there but the worm is the man, and his dark secret love messes up this womens life bigggg time!
Added by: elly from harlington
i feel that this poem is about a rapist and that this is telling us of his attack on one of his victims.
'the invisible worm/that flies in the night'
this could mean that he attacks his victims at night, going around almost stalking them and taking them back to their own bed and taking the innocence of the women 'o rose, though art sick'
'has found out thy bed/ of crimson joy'
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Added by: Pippa
Personally, i think it's very much to do with disease and death. "The invisible worm that flies in the night" perhaps representing some sort of wind carried epidemic. Additionally, "Has found out thy bed Of crimson Joy" - being the disease's victim, "Does thy life destroy." - Death?

Tis just an idea, i don't much like all that Phallic Imagary :-P
Added by: Darkness_comes
The priest is a perfectly valid analysis, a caterpillar is shown on the engraving something hinted at in the bible as a symbol of destruction so has been used to shown religion's moral affects. The worm mentioned could also be a 'serpant' as in the garden of Eden. Many of Blakes other flower poems refer to religion so why can't this one?
Although i do agree that sexual loss of innocence was my first analysis.
Added by: Esme Thomas
Have you thought that maybe the rose is a person who is dying or something? Maybe she was Blakes lover? Does any one know about a lover of his?
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Added by: Jodie
my initial thought was that the poem is about sex: maybe rape or loss of virginity. But on further inspection I thought it was a consideration of materialism and how love can be destroyed. The accompanying image supports this as the torns are highly destructive. Of course, the poem is in "Experience" which instantly suggests a darkness. As people have said though, only Blake knows the true meaning
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Added by: Rita
Blake is warning girls about the dangers of sexually diseases
just to share insights
Added by: frederick rivera
4 me, the poem is all about a woman or a lady(the rose) perhaps, that is put into hell or deceive by a sex addict, married man.( the invisible worm) .. "THAT FLIES IN THE NIGHT and "IN THE HOWLING STORM" simly simbolizes that the man doesnt want anybody to see him from doing such immoral act....

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