William Blake's The Sick Rose
"The sick rose" is a very ambiguous poem and open to
several interpretations, Blake uses lots of imagery and
effective metaphors. My first impression of the poem was that
it?s very negative and includes elements of destruction
revenge and perhaps even murder. I think the poems about two
lovers, one of which cheated on their partner and the other
The poem is very contradictory, this is shown in the first
line 'O Rose, thou art sick.' A rose usually symbolises beauty,
romance and love, it?s a very feminine image but then it is
said to be sick so we instantly sense something is wrong.
The rose could be damaged or hurt. I think the rose is
playing the part of the woman and the worm is personified
as the man. ?The invisible worm? The image of the worm is very
unusual but yet very effective. Worms are seen as slimy,
dirty, and they feed on death, it even holds some kind of
sexual element. The fact that the worm is invisible indicates
it can?t be stopped and nothing can be done because it
can?t be seen. I believe this adds mystery to the poem
because the rose didn?t see it coming and was totally
unaware and vulnerable to the worms attack. This is in a way
saying the rose has no protection and is powerless but on
the other hand, although a rose is innocent and beautiful, in
contrast it has thorns which can cause pain. Perhaps Blake
is trying to say that the rose deserved to be hurt.
Because the worm ?Flies in the night.? It indicates that the worm
is very fast and efficient and also sneaky because he?s
going around in the night where he can?t be seen and no
one is around.
Blake creates a very graphic...