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    Help me plz. with "The sick rose"!

    Hello everybody ...

    I found some difficulties in the poem "The sick rose "
    by William Blake ...

    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.

    My questions are :
    * What is the meaning of "thy" ?
    * What are the symboles in the poem ?
    * What does the poet mean by "thou art sick" ?
    * What is the main idea of the poem ?
    ++++ And plz. if it is accomplishable ... with a succinct explaination !

    Thank you very much

    Best regards >>>

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    Re: Help me plz. with "The sick rose"!

    Thy = your (archaic form)
    The rose is the symbol
    Thou art sick = you are ill

    The meaning could be construed in many ways. The rose is often a symbol of love, and the invisible worm is, to me, a sexual symbol. I think it's a bout someone losing her virginity outside the accepted norms, and becoming defiled as a consequence. Other people suggest that it might be about rape, but I am not convinced.

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    Re: Help me plz. with "The sick rose"!


    Thanks alot tdol for explaination

    Best regards >>>

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