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The Sick Rose is a very well known complex poem and what is interesting about it is that it can be interpreted in different levels or aspects On a superficial level we can see that theres a rose which is being destroyed by a worm But if we deeply analyse the poem well understand what its real meaning is We should first focus on the title the word sick is more suitable for humans and diseased is usually used for a rose The first line also mentions it and as a result we have an example of personification furthermore it is written with capital letter The rose Any of numerous shrubs or vines of the genus Rosa having prickly stems compound leaves and variously coloured often fragrant flowers symbolises love innocence beauty representing women in a certain way and its red colour gives the idea of passion The worm Any of various crawling insect larvae such as a grub or a caterpillar having a soft elongated body can be symbol of destruction evil harm danger and illness men because they are attracted to beauty Its also important the fact that the worm is invisible flies in the night and has a dark secret love a danger which cannot be stopped desired and selfish Caring supremely or unduly for ones self regarding ones own comfort advantage etc in disregard or at the expense of those of others and attacks its prey destroying all the love and beauty it has The Darkness shade and obscurity of the night and the worms love make a contrast with the red colour and innocence of the rose crimson joy crimson red All this are clear examples of how Blake plays with the connotation and denotation of the words as well as the line In the howling storm This phrase is very effective because it brings to the poem an amazing atmosphere The howling storm emphasises the idea of dark
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