Monday 21 February 2011

Poetic Ponders (1)

Poetic Ponders is a feature run by the lovely Sophie of So Many Books, So Little Time, where we share poems we love. As I'm a bit of a poem fan (when I understand them), I decided to join in!

This week, I'm sharing...

the sick rose by william blake

And incase you can't see it clearly...

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.

A short one, but a good'un! I studied this poem for GCSE when I was at school, and I love it. I just love the imagery. If you'd like a bit of an analysis, you can read one here. Everyone has their own interpretations, though, so what's yours? Mine is that it's about an affair - the Rose being the mistress, and the worm being the git who's married.


  1. Great post! I wanted to let you know, I gave you an award over at my blog!

  2. Thanks, and thank you for the award! I appreciate it! :)

  3. Thank you so much for joining this, Jo!

    I actually have this poem lined up for later on; I love it so much!

  4. No problem, it was a great idea! :) I adore this poem, it's just wonderful. You can really see it, lol.

  5. Your blog is so super cute!! I love the poem, thank you for sharing! So glad I stopped by!

  6. Thanks! :) I'm glad you liked the poem, and my blog! :)