The Sick Rose
'O rose, thou art sick' – monosyllabic, matter of fact
Lines 2-8 = a continuous sentence, creating a sense of momentum and unstoppable damage. A sickness which will, eventually, destroy the rose.
The invisible worm that flies in the night - A surreal, potentially phallic symbol, suggestive of a dream-like state. Also perhaps an allusion to the serpent in the garden of Eden.
Howling storm – cacophony; a literal or metaphorical storm...?
Has found out thy bed of crimson joy – 'found out' suggestive of violation, sudden discovery. 'Bed of crimson joy' suggestive of sexual pleasure and desire.
Dark secret love does thy life destroy – love imbued with negativity; having to resort to subterfuge... 'destroy' suggestive of complete devastation.
Two rhyming quatrains, ABCB – the somewhat regular rhyme scheme and structure contrasts with the disturbing content of the…