“My Pretty Rose-Tree,” written by William Blake, is a poem of love, jealousy, and sorrow. This eight-line poem, following the abab acac rhyme pattern, is full of strong symbolism and a great deal of personification, all used in an attempt to express the narrator’s feelings. William Blake brings the flowers alive with the personified characteristics he has given to them. Blake is describing a man who is completely in-love with one women, while at
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The humble Sheep a threat’ning horn;
While the Lily white shall in Love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.
Blake, William. “My Pretty Rose-Tree.” Ed. Barbara Lloyd-Evans, Five
Hundred Years Of English Poetry: Chaucer to Arnold. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1989. 640-641.
Blake, William. “The Lily.” Ed. Barbara Lloyd-Evans, Five Hundred Years
Of English Poetry: Chaucer to Arnold. New York: Peter Bedrick
Books, 1989. 640-641.