The Sick Rose by William Blake

This is a relatively short poem which consists of two stanzas of four lines each. The speaker of the poem begins with an exclamation that he then supports with the sentence (the rest of the poem) that follows it. The speaker serves as an observer and his tone is consistent throughout. The poem’s conflict appears to be both internal and external. The internal conflict which afflicts the rose is conveyed using the imagery of “the invisible worm” which acts to destroy the rose’s life. The title of the poem which puts forth the image of “the sick rose” brings this internal conflict to the surface.

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