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The Sick Rose by William Blake


"The Sick Rose" is a poem written by William Blake. This poem is about Blake's lover being sick. Blake says that something has come along and destroyed their love for one another. The phrase "crimson joy" is pleasure in bed.

This poem is written as two stanzas with four lines in each. The even lines of the poem are rhymed while the odd lines are not. It is written with five syllables in each line.


The Sick Rose

O 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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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Love, Sickness, Broken Heart

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