O rose thou art sick poet painter engraver and visionary william blake worked to bring about a change both in the social order and in the minds of men. The sick rose is a poem by william blake the first publication was in 1794 when it was included in his collection titled songs of experience as the 39th plate. The speaker addressing a rose informs it that it is sick an invisible worm has stolen into its bed in a howling storm and under the cover of night the dark secret love of this worm is destroying the roses life the two quatrains of this poem rhyme abcb the ominous rhythm of. You know the old expression dont judge a book by its cover and its variants like looks can be deceiving right well this might be one of the best ways to characterize the songs of innocence and experience in general and the the sick rose in particular
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