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The Sick Rose

The Sick Rose

by William Blake

The Sick Rose Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Do you think simple poems like "The Sick Rose," which resembles a nursery rhyme, are more effective in communicating a "message" than longer, more wordy poems?
  2. Why do you think Blake chose to use a rose and a worm to get his point across?
  3. Do you think poems should always come with pictures? Take a look at the illustration that accompanies "The Sick Rose" (view the image here). Does it add anything to your understanding of the poem?

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