Outer composition

The poem “The Sick Rose” by William Blake has a simple outer composition. The poem has 8 verses in total and is separated into two stanzas of the same length. A stanza composed of four lines is also called a quatrain. The verses are of a short length, from three to five words each. 

The first stanza contains four verses: 

O Rose thou art sick. 

The invisible worm, 

That flies in the night 

In the howling storm: (ll. 1-4)

The second stanza is separated from the first through enjambment, as the poem only contains two sentences. The first line is self-contained, while lines 2-8 make up the second sentence of the poem. The second stanza also contains four verses:

Has found out thy bed

Of crimson joy:

And his dark secret love

Does thy life destroy. (ll...

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