Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

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National Poetry Month No. 6: William Blake - The Sick Rose

William Blake - The Sick Rose (from Songs of Experience)
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.


Yes, I know, this poem has been done to death. It's been ripped off, quoted and used as inspiration for terrible and fantastic art thousands of times. HOWEVER. The first time you read it, or in my case, hear it, it is captivating. For me, its significance doubled because it heralded both my introduction to William Blake and to Coil, the industrial band, who used it in the song linked below. When I went to look up the lyrics, I discovered their origins. It kicked off an involvement with a music scene that has persisted for nearly twenty years now along with an appreciation for Blake's poetry.

Coil - Love's Secret Domain
Tags: music, national poetry month, nostalgia, poetry

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