A Critical Interpretation Of William Blake’s The Sick Rose

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A Critical Interpretation of William Blake's The Sick Rose

I am convinced that this poem was written as a stab at the homosexual community of London in an effort to persuade those who transgressed, against the theological norms of Blake's mindset, into repentance of their iniquities. The author begins the poem in a pitiful, judgmental tone, paralleling his subject with an ill flower, hence the title. Blake uses the rose, which has historically signified femininity, to provide the reader with a sense of the homosexual's frail, feminine nature. The "invisible worm that flies by night , is a bold reference

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