The Sick Rose - William Blake

By Blair and Josh

The Sick Rose

O Rose, thou art sick.

The invisible worm

That flies in the night

The howling storm


Has found out thy bed

Of crimson joy,

And his dark secret love

Does thy life destroy.

William Blake

William Blake was an English poet and painter. He was born November 28, 1757 and died August 12, 1827. He was largely unrecognised during his lifetime. Blake is now considered a cornerstone figure of the Romantic Age.

The meaning of A Sick Rose

It is believed that A Sick Rose was written for Blake's mother, who was dying of cancer.

This poem was written sometime after 1789.