The Sick Rose
by William Blake
Lines 1-4 Summary
Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
O rose thou art sick
- The poem opens with the speaker addressing the rose.
- The speaker tells the rose that it is sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm
- The speaker describes an "invisible worm" that flies.
- The worm can also fly when it's raining.
- We don't know what this worm is doing in the poem or even what kind of worm it is. An invisible worm that can fly? Is it some kind of butterfly?
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