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“The Sick Rose”
O Rose thou art sick. The invisible worm, That flies in the night In the howling storm:Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy: And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy.
– Addressing someone/something that is not there
– a capitalised noun that has further meanings
What kind of bed?
language in which different sensory experiences are
(colour + feeling)Slide3
creating a pictorial image for each of the lines.
Think how could the
interpreted and what each line symbolises.
The story board could
be literal interpretations or figurative and
‘O Rose thou art Sick’‘The invisible worm’‘That flies in the night’‘In the howling storm:’Has found out thy bed’‘Of crimson joy’‘And his dark secret love’‘Does thy life destroy’
Has the meaning of the poem changed?
What story is it telling?Slide5
Flies in the night
Dark secret love
The lament of a saddened gardener upon the diseased and ruined roses in the
Rose thou art sick
Politically, to a corrupt England and her
found out thy bed Of crimson joy:”
How innocent love can be corrupted by a world of lust, resulting in immorality, sexual illness or unwanted
dark secret love, Does thy life destroy
A warning against infidelity and of the persuasive charms of
invisible worm, That flies in the night
Unrequited love which has destroyed the lover through
his dark secret love, Does thy life destroy
How does William Blake use symbolism and imagery in the poem, “The Sick Rose?”
Remember to include:
A conceptualised response & interpretations
Explanation of subject, tone, and themes
Techniques used, and their purpose/effect
Evidence, explanation, and analysis must all relate to the conceptualised response