Presentation of the poem
Title: “The Sick Rose” (1794)
Author: William Blake
William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet and painter who has contributed to the Romantic movement. The poem “The Sick Rose” was published in the collection Songs of Experience.
The poem “The Sick Rose” by William Blake begins with the speaker addressing the rose directly and telling it that it is sick. The speaker tells the rose that a dangerous worm has found the rose’s bed and that the worm’s love is destroying the rose.
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