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The Sick Rose

The Sick Rose


by William Blake

The Sick Rose Summary

The poem describes a sick rose and a worm that manages to locate the rose's "bed of crimson joy." The worm destroys the rose with his "dark secret love," a not so subtle reference to some kind of destructive sexuality.

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